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Abubakar Led Boko Haram Insist on Truce

boko haram facelessMembers of Boko Haram splinter group during a news conference in Maiduguri, Saturday where they insisted on a cease-fire. A member of the group, Adam, said his group would go after those who continued to engage in violent campaign since they had been warned several times.
He said at a news conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, that the leader of the sect, Abubabak Shekau, was behind the ceasefire agreement and hence all members must abide or face sanctions.

"You will recall that we announced a ceasefire last month as a precondition for talks with government. But sadly after a few days of respite, violent began again in the country," Adam added. "Those currently engaged in this violence are not our people because our people are obedient to their leaders. Since the leadership has asked them to cease fire, they won't continue with violence."
The ceasefire announcement made in January by the Adam-led group cautiously welcomed by the government, was soon denounced by another faction of Boko Haram, which distributed leaflets rejecting dialogue.

Violence has continued, although on a relatively lower scale in Borno and Yobe States, residents say, an indication that the supposed ceasefire may have been a fluke.

In Kaduna State at the weekend, gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, invaded Aduwan village in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, killing five people, including a nursing mother and her three-month-old baby.

Several others who sustained varying injuries from gunshots were rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
Eyewitnesses said the incident occurred at about 10 pm on Saturday when the villagers were mourning the death of an elderly man in the community.

"You know as part of our culture, just like in other cultures, when an old man dies at a very ripe age, we celebrate him by dancing. So our people were dancing at the residence of the late man, when at about 10pm, some people came and started shooting at the crowd."

Sunday, youths in the area staged a mass protest against the attack accusing the military and police personnel manning the numerous checkpoints in the area for not doing their work.

The state Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero condemned the attack, urging the people of the area to remain calm as government has ordered an immediate investigation.

But in Kano State, the Joint Security Task Force (JTF) on Saturday shot dead two suspected gunmen and arrested four others in the Kano metropolis.

An eyewitness said the incident happened around 1pm at a security checkpoint on Hadeja Road in Kano City, during 'a stop and search' operation.

"It was in the process that one of the passengers opened fire on the operatives at the checkpoint and as a result, one soldier was injured. Soon after that the security operatives responded by killing the attacker instantly," the source said.

It was learnt that another passenger in the vehicle brought out a knife and tried to attack the soldiers but he was also shot dead instantly.

JTF spokesman, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the incident and the killing of the two gunmen. A day after a bloody clash between youths of different faiths in Wukari, Taraba State, the casualty figure rose yesterday as the violence continued.

The death toll in the religious crisis that erupted between Christians and Muslims in the town on Saturday night has risen to 31 as the violence that engulfed the ancient town enters its second day.
In a bid to restore peace to the town, the state Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, has declared a 24-hour curfew in the town even as a combined team of security personnel have been dispatched to the town to restore normalcy.

About 40 people have been arrested in connection with the crisis.

Also yesterday, Boko Haram has warned the management and staff of The Sun Newspapers over its publication alleging that the group collected N26.6 billion before agreeing to lay down their arms.
Spokesman of the sect, who is the commander in-charge of Borno North and South, Sheikh Abu Mohammad Abdulazeez Ibn Idris, issued the warning yesterday on behalf of the Boko Haram Leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau while briefing journalists in Maiduguri, the state capital.

He said the reason for the briefing was to express its displeasure on how The Sun Newspapers had been reporting its activities.

The group therefore used the opportunity to debunk such publication, pointing out that it has not received a single kobo from anybody or government before it decided to end the hostilities.
Abdulazeez however said, the group declared ceasefire as a result of intervention from respectable individuals who pleaded for peace to reign in the land. He wondered why a newspaper like The Sun would mislead the public that the sect collected billion of naira from the government before it chose to have peace.

While reiterating the group's position on the recent declaration of ceasefire which has generated a lot of controversy in the country and the world at large, he admitted that there is a faction in the group, as according to him, in any association, group, or movement, there must be 'bad eggs', and, therefore, condemned the recent killings and bombing in Maiduguri and other parts of the north.

He said, "It is unfortunate that immediately after the ceasefire, Borno and other places started enjoying relative peace, but after sometime, some faceless individual(s)/ groups resorted to killings and bombings," pointing out that the leader of the sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau and the sect are out for peace: if not, he wouldn't have supported the ceasefire.

On the recent kidnapping of seven French nationals in Northern Cameroun and other related abductions, Abdulazeez distanced the group from such act, calling on government and security agencies to investigate and punish those responsible.

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0 #1 sunny 2013-02-26 08:11
Good talk. can these murderes be taken seriously by the government of president jonathan.The government has to deal cautiously with them as they say 'when dinnig with a devil use a long spoon.'
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