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Published On: Wed, Oct 29th, 2014

Negotiations with Boko Haram still on-going – FG

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fg-PresidencyBy Lawrence Olaoye

The Federal Government yesterday disclosed that negotiations with the dreaded Boko Haram sect on the ceasefire agreement and the release of the abducted Chibok girls have not deadlocked.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the National Security Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa for over two hours yesterday, Mohammed Adoke, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, said the service chiefs briefed the council on the developments in the negotiations with the sect.

On the anticipated release of the over 200 Chibok girls, Adoke stressed that the negotiation was still on course raising the hope that the talks may not have deadlocked as being variously speculated in certain quarters.

He urged Nigerians to exercise patience and show understanding on efforts made by the government to address the situation.

In a related development, the Acting Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, told newsmen after the meeting that about 30 of the Policemen abducted by the insurgents in Gwoza were still missing.

He added that he was optimistic that they are still alive disclosing that most of those officers found alive were seen united with their families opting not to report to the authorities because of the trauma they suffered in the hands if their abductors.

According to him, there was every possibility that those officers currently declared missing may have chosen to secretly unite with their families without the knowledge of the police authorities.

Those in attendance at the meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan included the Vice President, Arc. Namadi Sambo, all the service chiefs and the Internal Affairs Minister, Abba Moro with his Justice counterpart.

 

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