PURPORTED CEASEFIRE: BOKO HARAM VOW TO HUNT DOWN ERRANT MEMBERS

Boko Haram militants, screenshot from a 2010 video

Boko Haram militants, screenshot from a 2010 video

THISDAY
25 February, 2013

A faction of Boko Haram has vowed to bring into line renegade members, who despite the declaration of ceasefire,have continued with the orgy of violence which the Islamist group embarked on since 2009 in the group’s quest to Islamise Nigeria.

It warned at the weekend that members who have continued the killing spree despite the declaration of the ceasefire agreement to immediately stop the offensives or face the consequence of their action.

The group, led by Abdulaziz Ibn Adam,said it had realised its goals were not achievable through violence.

Adam, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said his group would go after those who continued to engage in violent campaign since they had been warned severally. 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,” he said.

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.

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