Fresh facts has emerged that the Federal Government had all these while been negotiating with fake Boko Haram members in a bid to end the insurgent that had crippled the country for about five years now.
This revelation came as the Department of State Service (DSS) announced the arrest of an aide to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, Mr. Junaid Idrissa Khadi.
The suspects, who were believed to be associates of the self-styled Australian negotiator, Stephen Davics, allegedly collected millions of naira from the Federal government while pretending to be from the the deadly sect, Boko haram.
These culprits according to the Deputy Director, Public Relations, DSS, Marilyn Ogar, included Junaid Khalid, Abubakar Yusuf (a.k.a. Baba Sani); Saleh Ibrahim (a.k.a Liman Ibrahim; Abdullahi Saleh (a.k.a Babadale), Nurudeen Ibrahim; Mubarak Adamu (a.k.a Molo) and Mustapha Maidugu (a.k.a Musty/Small).
The revelations from Ogar has it that following the allegations by Davics on August 29-2014, that former Borno stae governor,Ali Modu Sheriff and the former Chief of Army staff, Lietutenat-General Azubuike Ihejirika, were sponsoring Boko Hara, the service initiated an indept findings into the accusations.
She went further to explain that the seven suspects who were David's were arrested, and that it was established that they were part of a well orchestrated plan to spread falsehood, undermine and discredit efforts of the government to end the terrorism in the country.
Ogar further explained that Khadi confessed to have known Davis since 2006 and that he introduced Aisha Wakil, a lawyer, to the Australian as a credible link to top members of the violent Islamic sect.
According to Ogar, "Khadi deliberately conspired to blackmail and implicate Ali Modu Sheriff, former governor of Borno State and Mala Othman, former state chairman of the All Progressives Congress as sponsors of the Boko Haram sect and he said he did this by mounting pressure on the fake Boko Haram commanders."
She added that Khalid made the claim to give weight to his scam, and compel the government to negotiate with the fraudulent group, but when this failed, he sold the idea to Davis to conjure the indictment of Ihejirika based in allegations that the military under him, was responsible for several failed attempts by the Australian to make contact with the Presidency. Other suspects also said they received various amount of money after participating in a government sponsored dialogue with the sect, adding that they also met with Ambassador Hassan Tukur, the Principal Secretary to the President and the Taminu Turaki-led dialogue committee, as top members of Boko Haram Shura Council, a claim they said was false.