Boko Haram: Dialogue Committee meets Kabiru Sokoto, 39 others

As part of its consultations with stakeholders in the country over the violence engineered by Islamist insurgents, the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North today met with Kabiru Sokoto the suspect of the Christmas day bombing in Madalla, Niger State, and 39 others at the Kuje Minimum Security Prison.

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All the 25 members of the committee and their host, an Assistant Controller of Prisons Mr Nuhu Zuru, were present at the parley.

Chairman of the dialogue committee, Barrister Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, told State House correspondents on the committee?s entourage after a three hour one-on-one meeting with the sectarians that the consultation was in line with its mission, which is to unearth more facts about the Jama?atul Ahlus Sunnah Lidda?awati Wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram.

According to Turaki, who is also the Minister of Special Duties, the committee, which commenced work on Monday, had met with different arms of the security agencies in the country including the State Security Service (SSS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

He explained that the committee had on Tuesday interacted with the ONSA and a day after had a parleyed with the SSS and the police adding that this had provided them with opportunity of getting access to some their detention facilities.

It was observed that many of the sectarians, including one who is seriously ill and had to be carried to the venue, were young men between the ages of 20 and 30. It was also noticed that some had seized the opportunity to go back to class inside the prison as they were seen clutching notebooks, textbooks and pen.

Although Turaki said the sectarians had given the committee cooperation, he did not disclose what was discussed.

He said: ?As some of you may have noticed we have had very useful discussions with some inmates that are being held here on the allegations of being either members of Jamatul Alhus Sunnah on accounts of terrorism or acts related there to.?

? We want to assure Nigerians that this committee is poised to make sure that will carry out this assignment with all sense of responsibility, with all honesty and with diligence.

?We have had cause in the pass to speaker to members of Jamatul Alhus Sunnah and in doing so to tell them that members of this committee are people of proven integrity, are accomplished Nigerians that have been carefully selected by Mr. President to come and do this national assignment,? he said.

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