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Nigeria, Boko Haram 'agree ceasefire and girls release

Nigerian President , Goodluck Johnathan
Nigerian President , Goodluck Johnathan

( 20, 2014)-Nigeria's military says it has agreed on a ceasefire with the Islamist militants, Boko Haram.

The Nigerian military and the militant group also agreed on the release of more than 200 schoolgirls the group had abducted six months ago
Boko Haram abducted the schoolgirls in the Nigerian north-eastern town of Chibok in Borno state.

According to the BBC, The country’s chief of defense staff, Alex Badeh, announced the truce to the media Friday, October 17, 2014 in Lagos.
The Islamist militant group has not made any public statement as yet.

The group has been fighting an insurgency since 2009, with some 2,000 civilians it reportedly killed this year.
Boko Haram sparked global outrage when it abducted schoolgirls in the most popular West African nation.

The girls’ continued captivity has led to criticisms of the Nigerian Government's efforts to secure their release.
Members of the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign said in a tweet Friday they were monitoring the news with huge expectations.

Air Chief, Marshal Badeh, revealed the truce at the close of a three-day security meeting between Nigeria and Cameroon, BBC also said.
Chief Badeh assured that the Nigerian soldiers would comply with the agreement.

Nigeria’s presidential aide, Hassan Tukur, told BBC Focus on Africa that the agreement was sealed after a month of negotiations, mediated by Chad.

As part of the talks, a Nigerian Government delegation met twice with representatives of the Islamist group.
Mr. Tukur told reporters Boko Haram had announced a unilateral ceasefire on Thursday and the government had responded.


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