Boko Haram’s Recent Abductions Suggest That Negotiations Have Failed

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
Police officers hold arms to block supporters of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from marching on the Nigerian president’s official residence in Abuja on Oct. 14, 2014.
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Boko Haram keeps abducting more and more civilians, leading people to believe that the settlement reached between the insurgent group and the Nigerian government to return the more than 200 schoolgirls the group abducted in April will not happen, Al-Jazeera reports.  

The cease-fire was reached on Oct. 17, but then just one day later, there were reports that the insurgents kidnapped approximately 80 girls and women in Adamawa State. About half of those women were let go, but only because Boko Haram planned to keep the younger women and girls.


Since last Wednesday, 30 teenage girls and boys have been kidnapped from another local town.

The prospects look bleak. Since the cease-fire, “the insurgents have launched several attacks since then and on Friday a multinational force, including troops from Nigeria and neighboring Niger, wrested back control of a town held by Boko Haram on the western shores of Lake Chad,” Al-Jazeera explained. 

Boko Haram is apparently walking back on its end of the deal because the Nigerian government has several members of their families in custody that it wants released.

“Boko Haram leader Shekau said in a video statement last year that his group kidnaps girls and young women because Nigeria’s military is holding members of Boko Haram families. Nigeria’s military and police routinely detain family members of wanted people, even though it is illegal, according to rights groups,” Al-Jazeera is reporting.

Read more at Al-Jazeera.

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