An alleged impostor of Boko Haram named Danladi Ahmadu may have negotiated a cease-fire agreement with the Nigerian government. Reports had surfaced that representatives of the extremist group and government delegates had allegedly agreed on a cease-fire agreement last week, but gunfire reportedly broke out over the weekend and killed dozens of people. Furthermore, a journalist who is reportedly close to Boko Haram leaders allegedly announced an impostor was speaking on behalf of the militant group.
CNN reported about eight people were killed and others had been kidnapped after militants reportedly affiliated with Boko Haram had allegedly attacked two villages over the weekend. The affected villages were Shaffa of Borno State and Waga of Adamawa State. CNN also stated another attack may have taken place in a small town near Niger with an unknown amount of victims.
The news comes after reports had stated a cease-fire agreement was in place between government officials and Boko Haram representatives. Although some reports indicated the information could not be readily verified, it gave hope for the alleged release of the more than 200 Chibok girls who were kidnapped earlier this year. A deal was reported to have taken place for about a month between the Nigerian government, Cameroonian officials, and Boko Haram representatives for the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls, among other negotiations.
According to Abdullahi Umar of Leadership, a newspaper ran in Nigeria, a journalist named Ahmad Salkida supposedly has close ties with top officials of Boko Haram. Salkida alleged Danladi Ahmadu, who reportedly claimed to be a representative of the militant group to government officials, is actually an impostor. Salkida reportedly stated Ahmadu is not authorized to speak on behalf of Boko Haram, and therefore, government officials may have negotiated a cease-fire agreement with an impostor.
Umar stated that Salkida had also posted information on social media which challenged the reputation of Ahmadu. For instance, Salkida reportedly challenged Ahmadu to a debate online for his intent on the interest of Nigeria, especially since his name translates to a kind of filth according to Boko Haram ideology. Salkida also tweeted that as far as he knows, Ahmadu does not speak for the “Shura” or governing council of the militant group.
In a separate report, Leadership reported that about 25 members who are believed to be affiliated with Boko Haram had died on Sunday, Oct.25. Kareem Haruna Umar stated a shootout occurred in the town of Damboa in Borno State between Nigerian Vigilante Group and Boko Haram members. The militant group had allegedly attacked residents who had returned from fleeing in July due to a previous attack by the group.
If, in fact, real negotiations took place between actual representatives of the extremist group and government officials, it would appear that attacks would not have continued after agreements had been made and were reported to start on Oct. 16. As mentioned, reports had also surfaced which displayed little hope of actual negotiations taking place for the release of the missing Chibok girls, as well as for all sides to cease-fire.
A Boko Haram impostor may have negotiated a cease-fire agreement with government officials located in and around Nigeria. If sources such as Salkida prove to hold true information in regards to the governing council of the militant group, then agreements which were made may not only be a wash, but would prove that such news was not officially verified.
By Liz Pimentel
See also Guardian Liberty Voice
Leadership (25 members killed)