The Ceasefire deal•Boko Haram demands N26bn from FG, Borno govt

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•Boko Haram demands N26bn from FG, Borno govt

By ADE ALADE

The Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, popularly called Boko Haram, has asked the federal and Borno State governments to compensate its leadership, members and families of its dead members, as a major condition to sustain the one-week-old ceasefire it announced last Monday.  Saturday Sun gathered exclusively that the sect’s demand for monetary compensation, which will cost both the federal and Borno State governments nothing less than N26 billion has already been accepted by the Borno State government, which has been the worst hit by the activities of the sect.

The amount, it was gathered, could be more or less depending on the total number of the sect members that have been killed by the security agencies.  According to a highly placed source, “the money being demanded by the sect leaders, they claim they will use it to compensate themselves, their members for all their losses, especially their houses, cars and businesses that have been destroyed by government.

They also said they need the money to take care of the families of their members that had been killed by soldiers. So, the figure for now can’t be less that N26 billion, but could be far more depending on the number of the sect members the government agreed its security agencies had killed so far. The figure can only be less if some government brings in some negotiation tricks.”

A top security source, who has the details of the meetings between Boko Haram representatives and the Borno State government officials, also told Saturday Sun that the same demand had earlier been made by the sect about six months ago but was not well treated by the Federal Government.  According to the source, “the latest ceasefire by the sect is hinged on the same demand that had been made about six months ago when the people in Abuja, led by the new NSA, I mean Dasuki, went into peace talks with the sect leaders.

I think the peace process crashed then because the Federal Government was not ready to commit a kobo on the sect members, like it did and still doing for militants in the Niger Delta region.  “So, the sect resumed hostilities, which got worse; but in the present case, the Borno government has offered to pay the sect part of the money, encourage other states, like Yobe and the Federal Government to contribute the rest. This is though not the only demand, but the decision of the Borno government to agree to the deal has led to the ceasefire, which came after over four weeks of secret talks with trusted aides of the governor.”

The discussion between the Borno State government and the sect was first made public last Monday by a top leader of the sect, Muhammed Abdulazeez Ibn Idris, who said his group will maintain his own side of the pact to halt all suicide attacks and await the government to fulfill its own side of the pact.  The sect had declared, in its ceasefire proposal announced on Monday: “I, Sheikh Muhammed Abdulazeez Ibn Idris, the 2nd Commander in charge of southern and northern Borno after Imam Abubakar Shekau of Jamaatul Ahjlil Sunna lidawati wal Jihad otherwise known as Boko Haram. For sometime now,  we the members of Jamaatul ahlil sunna lidawati wal jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram have recently had a meeting and dialogue with the government of Borno State, where we resolved that giving the prevailing situation, there is the need for us to cease fire.

We, on our own, in the top hierarchy of our movement under the leadership of Imam Abubakar Shekau, as well as some of our notable followers, agreed that our brethren in Islam, both women and children are suffering unnecessarily; hence we resolved that we should bring this crisis to an end. We, therefore, called on all those that identify themselves with us and our cause, to from today lay down their arms. Let every member who hears this announcement relay it to the next member who hasn’t heard.  “We have met with the Borno State government on two occasions and the fallout of the meeting is to cease fire. Presently, we are going to comply with the ceasefire order and by the time we are done with that, government security agencies can go ahead to arrest whoever they find carrying arms or killing under our names.

We are very much aware of the fact that some criminals have infiltrated our movement and continued attacking and killing people using our names.  “We have also told the government to try to live up to our demands that our members in detention should be released. We hope the government will not betray us this time round, because we all know that it was because of the continued detention of our members that this crisis continued for this long. And if government fails to do as it now promised, then this conflict will never have an end.

“Of course, there is a faction within us, but the larger faction of our movement is the one in support of this ceasefire move. Moreover, once top members of our group including Imam Abubakar Shekau are in support of the need for a ceasefire, other smaller factions can be dealt with easily.”  Though the sect, in the ceasefire announcement, stated that it had made some demands, which include the release of its members from various security detention centres in parts of the country, it however, kept silent on its demand for monetary compensation.

Another source very close to the Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, who also confirmed the deal between the state government and the sect, told Saturday Sun: “The governor has to respond to the sect’s demand because the Federal Government seems not sincere or concerned about the security problem the people of the state are facing and has, as a result, bungled previous chances to make peace with the sect, but as the government on ground, which is feeling the heat of the sect activities, he (the governor) has to do something to help himself and his people and that is why we are where we are at this point.”

When asked how much the state government has accepted to pay the sect, the source stated: “I think some money would have been paid but that is still far from the reality because other states with the same problem will need to do something while the bulk of the process rests with the Federal Government.” The source, however, declined to mention a specific amount of what was demanded and how much must have been paid by the state government, giving security concern as an excuse.  Another top presidential aide in Abuja also told Saturday Sun: “The issue of Boko Haram and the Borno State government negotiation is already before Mr. President.

So, only him or the NSA, Sambo Dasuki, who has been on top of the issue before now, can talk on record on it because of the sensitive nature of it and the security implication of whatever one says now.”  The Special Adviser to the Borno State Governor on Communications, Isa Gusau, when contacted earlier in the week, had said he could not comment on what transpired between the state government and the sect. He, however, added that the state governor has always believed in dialogue as the better solution to the lingering crisis.

“I am not competent to speak on national security issues. We have a security council in Borno State. I am not a member of that council and of course, you know as much you will also agree with me that no governor will speak on such critical security issues. But I know since Gov Kashim Shettima became a governor-elect, he was the first to speak on the need for dialogue as the best way out. Governor Shettima has been very firm and consistent in his belief, as he has regularly advocated, that unless we want to engage in an endless war, the best way out  of the crisis is dialogue towards a peaceful resolution and anytime someone is killed, be it a civilian, a security personnel or any member of the sect, the governor is usually and deeply pained, he hates to hear that someone loses his or her life, no matter who that person is.

He believes that the life of every Nigerian is worth preserving. It is the hope and prayers of Governor Shettima that not just peace but indeed, sustainable peace, is reclaimed in Borno and the rest of Nigeria in the quickest time because he knows like he says, that no society can thrive without peace,” Gusau had stated.

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  1. Ofcourse they need the money to fund their operations. Is like they are broke. They can meet Sanusi the CBN governor and IBB to do fund raising for them. Nonsense

    • They are already compasetd with 72 virgins in HELL, The gvnt of borno ve bn sponsoring bh for long but now they are out of cash because they will be out of office soon as d incumbent will like to leave office with something personally so the governor ve no options but to seek out help from d FG , But NO WAY since bayero, ibb are now afraid of them & buhari, atiku, sanusi,sambo,etc need money too for 2015 coming elections.
      GOD IS IN CONTROL:

    • I think that this is the last chance for GEJ to prove not only to nigerians but the world as a whole that he is capable of leading this country.He has only one way to do this;He must come out bold and without being diplomatic and reject any offer of dialogue with boko haram from any quarter, anything different will finally confirm that GEJ is the most unqualified person to lead this country and secondly as the person that finally laid down the stage for the unavoidable disintegration of nigeria.

  2. It is called adding insult upon injury, but of course GEJ have cowed in for negotiating in the first place. Whether you settle them or not, remember for each of the innocent men and women and children of Igbo killed in the North, each of their family must be given N1 billion. These are nigerians who went about their business, they have no dog in this fight, except if anything, they were targeted for helping to vault jonathan to power. NOTHING ELSE! That is their only sin. Please rmember to pay this compensation as well, when Boko Haram start receiving their fair and adequate compensation for waging war against the ngerian people- a treasonable felony in itself. Stranger things have happened under this govt., but this negotiation?…I did not see it coming.!

  3. Judgement is for sure on

    So how much will be given to thousands of the people the so call BH killed? Did government just go after them without a cause? Were they not the one that declared war against the FG? It is clear that Borno State government has been financing this sect and I believe it is high time EFCC (though toothless) look into Borno State accounts. If government agreed to such demands, they should know that such money will be used to buy more weapons and the people killed, mostly the IBOS will be stupid to allow such deal to do through. If I may ask, where are the Bakassi Boys?

    • Thank you for that response. The Boko Haram group are yet to tell us whether they have rebuilt all the churches the bombed, alongside other media houses and compensated all the innocent civilians they murdered etc, instead of making foolish and senseless demands. the Borno state govt need to be reminded that nowhere in the world do you dialogue with terrorists. check round yourself: be it in Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc, the govts of these countries are constantly at war with Al-Qeuda. By agreeing to their demands, the Borno state govt has set a dangerous precedence for its future. They should stop comparing the compensated Niger Delta militants with the Boko Haram sect, becos the Niger deltans where actually fighting a just cause; against the oil pollution of their region, and the inability of Shell and other oil firms there to provide basic infrastructures like good source of portable drinking water, hospitals and schools for the citizenry there. secondly, i want to remind Boko Haram that the Niger Delta militants NEVER went about killing innocent people as they BH had been doing, rather, they were fighting govt security agents only. Rather, BH was just a religious group of blood thirsty demons, that can never prove to the world that their course was a just one. And,.. why have they stopped, if i may ask? \
      Govt should know that they hv declared a ceasefire either becos the BH are short of funds, or are short of members and weaponry, or are tired. And so need time, money plus new members, to resume hostilities.

      Conlusion: the blood of thousands of innocent Nigerians murdered by this BH are crying for justice, and doing otherwise will spell doom for the govt, starting with the Borno state govt, who have prefered to compensate murderers rather than families of the innocent Nigerians killed all over Northern Nigeria by this blood thirsty BH.

  4. BOKO haram, nothing for you….. Since you were the ones who initiated these senseless killings for nothing, government has already spent morethan enough for this cause so NOTHING FOR YOU!!!

  5. First thing first. Let them show their faces so that we know who and who we are negotiating with and also who to hold responsible if they reneged on the agreement. During the Niger Delta problem, Briggs, Dukobo, okra, Clark etc made themselves known because they are fighting a just course.
    On the part of Bornu state government, it is clear that it has been sponsoring the activities of this sect BH. The approval to pay them compensation is a tactful way of funding them without suspicion.
    These BH people are out of fund and no person sensible should give them a penny. When they started wagging war against the nation, it is either they win or they lose. Either way has implications. They should face the implications of losing.
    However, if FGN is magnanimous to pay any form of compensation, it should first pay the families of people that lost their lives in church bombings first before the families of the BH.
    It is unlogical, unfair, inconsiderate to pay compensation to the family of a suicide bomber who died during the act without first compensating the family of the innocents who died during that bombing. Thank you for listening.

  6. If we are really serious with ourselves, Gov. Shettima should be arrested because he is a sponsor of bokoharam for thinking of compensating them. Better still, those who have lost relatives to this insurgency should kill some direct members of his family and demand compensation from him lets see how he will feel afterwards.
    He and his co-sponsors are planning on using state fund to continue to sponsor bokoharam since their fund and personnel are depleted. Has anybody compensated the families of those who died or are displaced in the insurgency?
    With what is happening now, it has shown that bokoharam started through him and he knows all the chief sponsors.
    Any person who supports the payment of any money in any guise should be labelled a bokoharam member and I URGE anybody with any chance to KILL such person to do so without looking back, PLEASE. This will save thousands of lives.
    Finally, bokoharam group has lost a lot of there members and needs time to recruit and train new members. The house to house searches of JTF is yielding results and their sponsors both in Borno Government House and outside it are afraid of being exposed hence, the idea of ceasefire.
    I encourage the JTF to continue in their good work. I still repeat that anyone whosoever talks of compensation for bokoharam should be KILLED.

  7. Those who compensate d murderers with 26billion naira, how much compensation have they paid to the victims of the murderers?
    May the blood of the innocent victims cry out against the compensators for their abominable injustice !
    Please in addition to Sanusi and IBB, include Buhari and Abubakar Tsav in the fund-raising to be organised by ACF leadership.

  8. They are out of cash.The northern governors,cbn,ibb,buhari and there brotherhood oversea should fund them as usual.Nothing across north that can give them 26bnl,besides they better handover themselves before it will be late.

  9. Hon C C Okafor on

    Honestly i don’t understand what de leaders of this Nation think about her,if this report is true then i call for militant activities against de governor of borno state b/c it all mean they partner,how can such bastards make dt demand & de gov cowed in? it’s amazing,if he pays them 26b as compasations for commiting crime how much will he pay to churches and innocent family members dt lost their lives and properties during de process.
    Let’s pray de fed govt. doesn’t fool into this rubish b/c if done then Nigerian will be sitting on a TIME BOMB dt shall detroy her any day without warning.

  10. WHO SAY WE WILL NOT DIVIDE THIS SO CALL NIGERIA,HOW CAN SOME BODY WITH HUMAN HEAD WILL COMPENSATE WITH BH THE KILLER , IT MEANS THAT BH WILL NOT STOP ANY MORE …WE NEED TO DIVIDE THIS SO CALL NIGERIA !!!!

  11. Boko Haram lords have now become an institution of awful reference and intimidation. They need money to build their satanic institution since they have been able to make themselves a force being reckoned with in Nigeria. A will be one day!

  12. Oh! So an imam is the commander of these uncircumcised blood-thirsty murderers. They need the money to strategise and acquire more firearms. BH murdered the IGBO in the north because they voted massively for GEJ. Let sanusi, ibb, atiku, bugharia, etc. Dole

  13. their war is about to end, now that their allies in Mali is on the run bc of present of heavy amoury from france, un nigeria and others, there is no safe place for them, sooner or later military will fish all of you out, you made a mistake by venturing into barrack to attack, You people boko haram should thank God oby is not the president when this is happening, a replica of udi would have been far fetched, Your days are numbered,WATChEd, i feel like going to mosque one day bullet everybody since your cleric cannot do annything, AHHHHHGoodbye Boko haram Nonsense

  14. People should try and connect the dots in this recent move by BH. The Malian crisis sees the entry of France with ground and air weaponry, driving the islamists into urgent retreat and withdrawals. Same time, BH suffers part of the French, Malian drive, gets weakened and turns around to declare ceasefire. Can’t people see all these? BH is broken and are looking for ways of face saving and escape. The FG ought to move in now and wipe them out! No talks!

  15. what made them not to demand for the money before they started with the Bombing, The Boko harram in mali need money to buy weapon and boko harram in Nigeria promise to raise found,

  16. Here’s the only country on planet earth where evil is glamorized and evildoers eulogized.There’s no moral ground on which such an ungodly demand can be based. I guess it’d as well pass as one of those media hypes asking for attention.BH nd the NIGER DELTA struggle are two parallel issues that don’t just meet. The northern elites should wake up and address this issue without fear or favour. A stitch in time saves nine;they say.

  17. Dr Ukpai Abidjan on

    may God save nigeria. BH IS OVER. THE NIGERIAN GOVNT SHOULD GET READY TO COMPENSATE THE IBOS KILLED FROM 1966 TILL DATE AND WE ARE DEMANDING 965 TRILLION POUNDS . IDIOTS. NO WONDER THESE ABOKIS ARE REALLY GOATS. LET THE NORTH FORGET ASO ROCK. THE SIN YOU PEOPLE COMMITED AGAINST THE IBOS HAS COME TO HUNT YOU. ATURU OHIA ..

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  19. God will punish all the members of boko haram Hell fire awaits them and also God will punish any government officials who support that the fed govt, should give in to boko haram demands. what of all the innocent people that were murdered in church at their homes and place of biz. bastard set of people (BH).

  20. THE NEW TREND IN NIGERIA IS THAT, KILL INNOCENT CITIZENS AND THE GOVT. WILL COMPENSATE YOU. SINCE OUR SO CALLED GOVT. HAS VEHEMENTLY REFUSED TO PROVIDE JOBS AND SECURITY FOR HER PEOPLE, I SEE THIS AS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE JOBLESS YOUTHS TO BE SELF EMPLOYED. ITS SIMPLE. MORE VIOLENT GROUPS ARE GOING TO BE CREATED AND LETS SEE HOW THE NIGERIAN GOVT. HEAD BY BUNCH OF CORRUPT AND ILLITERATE BASTARDS WHO CALL THEMSELVES POLITICIANS WITH BAGS OF MONEY AND HUMAN BLOOD IN THEIR HOUSED BE ABLE TO COMPENSATE ALL THE GROUPS. ONE DAY A BETTER GROUP WILL COME OUT AND THAT TIME, THE INNOCENTE WILL NOT BE KILLED BUT THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
    MAY GOD PUNISH ALL OF YOU. SHAMELESS IDIOTS AND FOR THE BOKO HARAM, NA UNA YUAKA AND ALL UNA SPONSORS.

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