The Federal Government has reached a ceasefire agreement with the Islamic insurgent group, Boko Haram.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced this on Friday at the end of the two-day Coordinating Conference Cameroun-Nigeria Trans-Border Military Operations, at the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Headquarters, Abuja.
Badeh said that the latest ceasefire agreement with the terrorists will not affect the accord reached with Cameroun for joint security border operations.
He further directed all the military Service Chiefs to comply with the new ceasefire agreement, which was said to have been signed in far away Saudi Arabia.
“Without any prejudice to the outcome of our three days interactions and the conclusions of this forum, I wish to inform this audience that a cease fire agreement has been concluded between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Ahlul Sunna Li Daawa Wal Jihad.
“I have accordingly directed, the service Chiefs to ensure immediate compliance with this development in the field”
The cease-fire is expected to result in the release of the remaining 219 Chibok female students abducted from their school about six months ago and also girls and women abducted from other communities in the course of the five-year deadly insurgency, said to have killed over 12, 000 people.
A man who purportedly described himself as the the Secretary-General of Boko Haram, Danladi Ahmadu, told VOA on Thursday that Chibok girls “in good condition and unharmed.”
The report said that Boko Haram did not elaborate on the conditions under which the girls would be freed and that authorities on Saudi Arabia were not involved in the negotiations.