Reports have emerged that the Boko Haram sect would begin phased release of the schoolgirls they abducted since last month.
According to the report, the Nigerian government has been in negotiations with militant group Boko Haram in pursuit of releasing the over 200 kidnapped girls from captivity.
Boko Haram released a video last week demanding that the Nigerian government release their most high-profile members from prison in exchange for the schoolgirls. The group is now offering a different bargain: the release of their family members held by the government for the freedom of the girls.
The group has also asked for the release of some lower-profile members from prison
According to the source, some of the girls could come home as early as this week. Boko Haram would release the girls gradually, taking “small groups” at a time to be picked up by authorities and return to their families.
Meanwhile, eight Boko Haram terrorists who came out to get food and items from Goym village in Dikwa local government, Borno state were arrested by visiting Civilian Joint Task Force men who came from Gwoza.
The terrorists who came in a hilux truck with some motorcycles, upon interrogation, revealed that the 234 girls abducted from Chibok were still in Sambisa forest and that they had been divided into three groups. They described the camps in Sambisa as very large. They said they were sent by their leader to get items including clothes for the girls.
The civilians hoped military support will be sent to Dikwa immediately as it is likely the terrorists return when they find their men were arrested. They also hope “the Americans” will act on this intelligence to rescue the abducted girls.
Dikwa local government area is one of the local governments that is a boundary of Sambisa forest, and is near Gamboru-Ngala where 300 civilians were killed recently.
Maiduguri also remains on high alert as two Boko Haram members arrested by the Civilian JTF two days ago, one pretending to be a phone card seller at Tashai Kamla market told them Boko Haram was planning to attack and massacre men, women and children in the capital city any day now.