The fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, who has claimed responsibility for recent killings and bombing of a police station in Borno State has given five conditions for a truce to government.
The group which spoke through the Hausa services of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Voice of America (VOA) said as part of the conditions, government should be willing to grant amnesty to the members of the group declared wanted during last year’s mayhem.
The male voice who refused to mentioned his name but identified himself as the leader and spokesperson of the sect said; “ We are the ones responsible for all that had raised tension in this state (Borno); and we are doing this because government had trampled on our rights as citizens and killed our great leader, and destroyed our places of worship. We will continue with this (killings) and we have our targets; the governor, Ali Sheriff, all those that joined him in attacking us, and who ever identifies with the government’s injustices against us.
“We are law abiding citizens even though we do not subscribe to the unjust government of the western orientation that is being used to govern us here in Nigeria. We will only settle for peace if government will be ready to meet our four conditions, which include the release of all our members in detention; all our members in exile be allowed to return back and live as free citizens; all our closed places of worship be opened for worship to all of us; government must assure us of desisting from the rule of injustice and ensure justice, equity and fair treatment; and above all we should be allowed practice our religion according to our belief”, he said.
Meanwhile, the broadcast by the BBC and VOA has continued to create some excitement among the residents of the state even though government had refused to comment on the conditions given by the sect members and the police continued to maintain that it is on top of the situation and would soon arrest those behind the killings. The AIG police in charge of zone 12, Muhammed Hadi Zarewa, who moved office to Maiduguri on Tuesday to take over the affairs of the command, restated that the N500, 000 cash reward for credible information is still valid, even though he said the police had made several arrests of undisclosed number of suspected Boko-haram sect members.
As at the time of filing the report last night the state governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, holding a closed door meeting with all traditional
rulers including the Shehu of Borno, and Distict Heads, village heads and Ward heads at the multi-purpose hall of the government house Maiduguri.