Boko Haram factions seek talks with Presidency, says captured commander

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

Two factions of Boko Haram sect may be ready for talks with the Presidency to end the insurgency in the North East region.

The proposed talks was made known by the sect’s chief intelligence officer, Abdulkadir Abubakar, captured by security forces in Buni Yadi, Yobe State last June.

Abubakar now in military detention, said both Maman Nur and Albarnawi factions want to cooperate with Nigerian security forces, to defeat the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, who he describes as blood thirsty and being high handed.

“Shekau is not willing to surrender due to his high handedness. Unfortunately, the government and military authorities accorded priority on dealing with Shekau, who is blood thirsty.

“Albarnawi has indicated interest to dialogue with the government to end insurgency and provide a lasting solution to the crisis. Albarnawi discusses this with members of his circle. And I can assure the government that he would cooperate to achieve peace.

“The two factions are willing to cooperate with Nigerian government to defeat Shekau,” he said.

The captured Boko Haram’s top commander revealed that he undertook intelligence mission which led to Boko Haram attack on government girls secondary school in Chibok, in which 275 girls were abducted, and  on Government Secondary School in Buni Yadi in which over 20 students were roasted to death.

“Myself and Abu Hafsat a Boko Haram commander led other squads to abduct the Chibok girls.

“We led the operations to invade Gwoza, Bama, Limankara Mobile Barrack, Bita, Bosso, Madagali, Chibok, Pulka, Firgi and Mubi.

“In Madagali, which was my home town, myself, Adam Vitiri, Abu Adam and Habu Kudama, some high ranking Boko Haram Commander led an operation in 2014 where we killed some students and youths at the Central Secondary School in Sabon Garin Madagali.

“In one of the operations, I abducted my wife named Maryam who had two kids for me in Sambisa forest.

“It is unfortunate that I was brainwashed and misled not only on some abductions but in the killings of my own people that were innocent. I wholeheartedly regret my actions.

“During a battle in Konduga where myself and other Boko Haram commanders led the operations, I lost my right leg and almost got burnt. Even at that, I did not stop fighting for the course. Sheikh Shekau ordered that I should be given a tricycle which I continued to use for various operations before I eventually surrendered,” he said.

He also admitted taking part in other various Boko Haram attacks, including those on Maiduguri, Damaturu and Potiskum.

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