The violation of the ceasefire agreement by the Boko Haram sect at the weekend has not gone down well with the military, and its leadership says it is studying the situation.
According to reports, no fewer than 20 Boko Haram fighters in two pick-up vans stormed Maikadiri in Abadam local government area in the northern part of Borno on Friday evening, shooting into homes.
The insurgents reportedly killed the father of the former speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Goni Ali-Modu during the attack.
A renewed attack on Shaffa, Hawul local government area, south of Borno on Saturday morning by scores of Boko Haram insurgents who rode to a village near the town in the early hours of the day, shooting indiscriminately, also reportedly left some eight people dead.
A military source explained that the ceasefire information was a directive from the Presidency and that the military was not involved in its negotiation, but said, “We are watching the unfolding events with a view to responding appropriately if the violation continues.
“We are not involved in the ceasefire agreement. We are just acting on the Presidential directive. It is our hope those criminals abide by it or risk the consequence. We are aware some of them attacked some people in some villages in two local government areas in Borno State, we are monitoring them. It is our hope that such violation would stop or they face the consequence,” a serving general said.
Also speaking on the matter, a security source explained that the violation of the ceasefire pact by the insurgents was the result of either a communication gap between the leadership of the sect and its various camps or was due to factionalisation of the sect.
“There are two reasons that could be responsible for the attacks on those villages, as reported by the media. One may be some of their soldiers have not received directive from their leaders about the new development. Two, it could mean some of the them do not accept the ceasefire and this would be known if the attacks continue.”
Attempts made to speak with the director of information, Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade on the development were still unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.