A human rights activist, Mrs Aisha Wakil, today claimed that a Boko Haram faction had contacted her to confirm it has the girls.
Aisha Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram, was a member of the Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges Committee in the northern region, set up during the President Goodluck Jonathan era.
She said In an interview with The News Agency of Nigeria, that the Barnawi faction of Boko Haram contacted her yesterday.
She also claimed that the sect, told her that the girls were safe, healthy and in good condition.
Wakil, declared that she was ready to sacrifice her life to rescue the girls.
She said: ” They are even the ones that called me, and said Mama we heard what you have said and told me that they are with the girls and they are going to release them”.
“I begged of them and said please let this not be another 1,000-plus days of Chibok girls, and they laughed and said no”.
“I asked them where I can come and stay with them (girls) for two days, but they did not say anything”.
“I can assure Nigerians that so far they are with my son Habib and his friends; Habib is a nice guy, he is very nice boy. He will not harm them, he will not touch them, and he will not kill them.
“He is going to listen to us, and so far he indicated interest that he loves peace. And I love them for that and believe what they said on this.
“They will definitely give us the girls. All I am begging Nigerians is to calm down, be prayerful, everything will be over in God grace”.
Naija News learnt that the activist had at various times participated and played key role in negotiations between the military authorities and Boko Haram insurgents’ commanders, which facilitated released of numerous abductees from terrorists’ captivity.
Recall that Naija News earlier reported that the Federal Government announced it had stepped up the search for the 110 girls to the neighbouring countries.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also noted that top military and security officials yesterday travelled to the North-east hasten the search which has now been extended beyound borders.
The officials include Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Army Staff; Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Alhaji Lawal Daura.