Giving details of the first swap agreement, which was the most promising, Alhaji Mohammed said it failed in the last minute because Boko Haram decided to make a new set of demands, even after all arrangements had been made to exchange some Boko Haram fighters for the girls."Precisely on 17th July, 2015, the DSS opened negotiations process with the group holding the Chibok girls.

These included the release of some of their fighters arrested including some involved in major terrorist actions, resulting in several fatalities, and others who were experts in manufacture of locally assembled explosives."This was difficult to accept, but appropriate security agencies had to again inform Mr.

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The Service was able to further prove to the group its sincerity, as it established communication contact between it and its detained members.

“All things were in place for the swap which was mutually agreed. Unfortunately, after more than two (2) weeks of negotiation and bargains, the group, just at the dying moments, issued new set of demands, never bargained for or discussed by the group before the movement to Maiduguri.

President of these demands, and its viewed implications. President gave his assent believing that the overall release of these girls remains paramount and sacrosanct.“Meanwhile, following the above development, Government and the security agencies had sufficient leverage to work out the modalities of the swap.

Based on this, the DSS availed other critical sister agencies of this new situation.“Immediately, the Nigerian Army and the Air Force sent some specialists to commence a detailed arrangement for the swap.

Giving details of the first swap agreement, which was the most promising, Alhaji Mohammed said it failed in the last minute because Boko Haram decided to make a new set of demands, even after all arrangements had been made to exchange some Boko Haram fighters for the girls.

“Precisely on 17th July, 2015, the DSS opened negotiations process with the group holding the Chibok girls.

However, in return for the release of some of these girls, the group also made some demands.

These included the release of some of their fighters arrested including some involved in major terrorist actions, resulting in several fatalities, and others who were experts in manufacture of locally assembled explosives.

This time, there was the need to discuss a fresh component in other to avoid issues that had stalled the former arrangement.