Chibok girls: last minute phone call stops swap of Boko Haram prisoners for girls

President Goodluck Jonathan nearly struck a deal with members of the Boko Haram sect for the release of over 200 abducted schoolgirls taken away on April 14, but for a change of mind at the eleventh hour. UK Mail reported at the weekend that the Nigerian leader backed out of the deal after his peers at the recent summit in Paris, capital city of France, sternly warned him of the dangers of such move. According to them, captive-students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state can be rescued through force by combined local and foreign security forces, But the cancellation is said to have enraged Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau and now puts the girls’ lives in greater danger. An intelligence source told The Mail on Sunday says “the next video we may see from the terrorists could show the girls being killed one by one.” Shekau, DailyPost gathered, had agreed to bring the girls out of their forest camps in the remote north-east of the country in the early morning and take them to a safe location for the prisoner swap. “They would have been dropped off in a village, one group at a time, and left there while their kidnappers disappear. There was to be a signal to a mediator at another location to bring in the prisoners,” the source said. Although, about 2,000 Boko Haram members are currently detained, one hundred non-combatant, low-level sympathisers were to be freed.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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