Nigeria Rejects Prisoners-For-Girls Swap Deal

Nigeria's president has rejected the idea of a

swap of Boko Haram prisoners for the

schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group.

Britain's minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds,

said Nigeria's leader, Goodluck Jonathan,

revealed his decision during talks between the

pair in Abuja.

"He made it very clear that there would be no

negotiations with Boko Haram that involved a

swap of abducted schoolgirls for prisoners,"

Mr Simmonds said.

Boko Haram is holding more than 250 girls

hostage after kidnapping them from a school

in Nigeria. UK and US teams are in the country

helping the authorities there in their efforts to

find the youngsters.

The news emerged as Sky sources revealed

a British-born Boko Haram suspect, named

as Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, had been arrested in


Sky's Special Correspondent Alex Crawford

said: "The Nigerian authorities are saying he

could be a fairly significant person.

"He is a British-born Nigerian who served in

the Nigerian army from 2001-2006 before he

is said to have deserted. He worked in the

Nigerian army intelligence wing at that time.

"He was wanted by Nigerian authorities for

some time. They put out an international

arrest warrant for him a couple of days ago.

"They wanted to question him about two

bombings in Nigeria, including one on April 14

– the same night as the kidnapping of the

schoolgirls in the north.

"The bombing in the market was seen as a

diversion, taking the authorities' attention

away from the north while the kidnappings

were going on."


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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