Nigeria students ‘to be released by Tuesday Presidential source quoted as saying everything is being done to gain freedom of female students held by Boko Haram.

Nigeria aims to secure the
release of 200 women and girls
abducted by the armed group
Boko Haram by Tuesday, a man
described as a “senior source at
the presidency” has been quoted
as saying.
The man, who would not be
named, told the Reuters news
agency on Saturday that the
government was “working hard
to meet its own part of the
agreement so that the release of
the abductees can by effected
either on Monday or latest
Tuesday”.
The head of Nigeria’s military, air
chief marshal Alex Badeh,
announced on Friday that
authorities had reached a deal
with Boko Haram for a ceasefire.
The truce would enable the
release of the women and girls
kidnapped while taking exams in
a secondary school from the
remote northeastern town of
Chibok in April.
Officials at the presidency and
the military did not immediately
respond to a request for
comment.
Boko Haram, which conveys
messages in videotaped
speeches by a man claiming to
be its leader, Abubakar Shekau,
has also not yet commented on
the ceasefire.
Some Nigerians are likely to greet
claims of a ceasefire with
scepticism after five years of
violence. Since the girls’
abduction, Nigeria’s military has
twice claimed to have rescued
some or all of the girls, only to
back-track hours later.
Several rounds of negotiations
with Boko Haram have been
attempted in recent years but
they have never achieved a peace
deal, partly because the group
has several different factions.
The group, whose name
translates roughly as “Western
education is sinful” has killed
thousands of people in its
struggle to carve an Islamic state
out of religiously mixed Nigeria.

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