On the day Nigeria announced a ceasefire agreement
with Boko Haram jihadists, the militants attacked a
Nigerian village, killing several people.
On Saturday, they launched yet another attack on
another village, all in Borno state.
According to Reuters, the insurgents attacked the village
of Abadam on Friday night, killing at least one person
and ransacking homes, while another attack on the
village of Dzur on Saturday morning left at least eight
Nigeria’s armed forces chief, Air Chief Marshal Alex
Badeh, announced on Friday a deal with Boko Haram
for a ceasefire that would enable the release of girls
whose abduction in the remote northeastern town of
Chibok in April caused international shock and outrage.
Nigeria had announced a similar agreement in the past,
but it turned out government had struck the deal with
the wrong people.
According to experts close to the conflict, any serious
ceasefire would require having Abubakar Shekau or any
other leader of the movement at the negotiating table.