20 February 2013

Nigeria: Boko Haram Distributes Leaflets in Maiduguri, Says No Ceasefire With Nigerian Government

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Bombing continues as citizens advocate for talks with Boko Haram

The dreaded insurgent group, Boko Haram, have been distributing leaflets in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, telling residents that there is no ceasefire between them and the Federal or State Government.

This was disclosed by Sagir Musa, the spokesperson of the Joint Task Force, JTF, Operation Restore Order in Borno.

Mr. Musa, a Lieutenant Colonel, urged residents to disregard the leaflets being circulated by suspected terrorists on the impending attack in Maiduguri.

"The attention of the JTF has been drawn to some leaflets allegedly printed and circulated by Boko Haram terrorists group containing a message from their leader Abubakar Shekau.

"The message contained threats and warning to civil servants, politicians, traditional rulers and security agents that the sect has not made any reconciliation with the government and has not declared a cease fire.

"The JTF wishes to advise law abiding members of the public to disregard such publications and consider them as part of the terrorists' propaganda strategy to keep the civil populace in captivity," Mr. Musa said.

Since reports of a ceasefire between the government and a faction of Boko Haram emerged, there have been repeated attacks by gunmen believed to be members of the sect.

The latest of this is the kidnap on Tuesday of seven French tourists in Northern Cameroon. Cameroonian authorities say both the suspects and the victims have been transported to Nigeria while the French government believes the kidnap was carried out by Boko haram.

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