Boko Haram, Nigeria Agree Immediate Ceasefire

The Nigerian military and extremist sect, Boko Haram, have reached an immediate ceasefire, the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, said Friday.
There were reports that the two sides were having talks over the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the group April 14.
Details of the ceasefire deal is still sketchy but Mr. Badeh has ordered all field officers to comply with the agreement.
Boko Haram has sacked several communities in north east Nigeria and has killed more than 13,000 people in a five-year long bloody campaign.
An adviser to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and a man calling himself the secretary-general of Boko Haram told VOA that discussions were under way in Saudi Arabia, aided by high level officials from Chad and Cameroon.
Boko Haram’s Danladi Ahmadu, who is in Saudi Arabia, said the girls are “in good condition and unharmed.”
Ahmadu would not elaborate on the conditions under which the girls would be freed. Riyadh is not involved in the negotiations.
On April 14, dozens of Boko Haram fighters stormed a secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, kidnapping around 270 girls. Fifty-seven managed to escape.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau later threatened to sell the remainder as slave brides, vowing they would not be released until militant prisoners were freed from jail.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been criticized at home and abroad for his slow response to the kidnapping and for the inability of Nigerian troops to quell the violence by the militants, seen as the biggest security threat to Africa’s top economy and leading energy producer.

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