Nigerian girls' rescue 'could turn tragic'

2014-05-09 11:10
Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File AFP

Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists who kidnapped more than 200 girls in Abuja three weeks ago are seeking a prisoner swap for jailed comrades, a former mediator with the militants has reportedly said.

According to The Telegraph, Shehu Sani, who has previously brokered face-to-face peace talks with Boko Haram said he believed that the video in which the group's leader Abubakar Shekaur threatened to sell the girls as "slaves" was proof that the group planned to use them as bargaining chips rather than kill them.

The video was released on Monday and showed Shekau gloating that he would sell the captives "in the market" to anyone wishing to take them as wives.

The mass kidnapping last month triggered an international outcry and protests in Nigeria, piling pressure on the government to get the girls back.

Sani warned that it could be dangerous to try to free the girls by force, adding the move could most likely turn tragic. He suggested channels of negotiation as the only way to have the girls freed.

Sani’s remarks come as world powers, including the United States and China joined in the search for the schoolgirls.  

France said on Thursday that it would station about 3 000 troops in neighbouring Mali, Niger and Chad to help tackle militants in the Sahel region.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  us  |  china  |  france  |  abductions  |  nigeria kidnappings  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

LIVE: Argentina v Tonga
Campese gloats after Wallaby win
Du Preez key to Boks' success
Cheika taking it one game at a time
Traffic Alerts

Spontaneity is the order of the day. Let go and have some fun. Try not to set too many set plans and expectations and enjoy more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.