The group, two months  ago, in a three-page   statement  purportedly written in Hausa and distributed to newsmen in Maiduguri, vowed no end to the persistent attacks, explaining that the ward and village heads, politicians, police and the army, had fell victims of its serial killings, and that they have their list of targets which they will execute chronologically, “because they erred by associating themselves with the government in its effort to arrest Muslim brothers and sabotage Islam.”

Governor Kashim Shettima had after winning the April election promised to grant  amnesty to the sect members and solicit for the full cooperation and understating of the three opposition parties, traditional and religious leaders.

 Rightly, he had noted that  without peace and security of life and property, no meaningful development could take place in the state.

The sect members surprisingly refused the offer. Recently, they transformed into Jama’atu Ahliss-Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, and resolved to target security operatives and some civilians for the ongoing serial killings in Borno State following their “active support and protection” for the Nigerian system of government which they said contradicted Islamic principles.

Last week, in a statement which was written in Hausa and entitled: ‘Conditions for dialogue with President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State’, the sect members maintained and demanded that the application of strict Sharia in the Muslims-dominated states of the North and immediate release of all members of the sect detained in Borno and other northern states, must be addressed with immediate effect.

The statement stressed that the immediate past governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai El-Kanemi, former Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, former Borno State Commissioner of Police and Director of the State Security Service (SSS), who served during sectarian mayhem in 2009, must be arrested and prosecuted accordingly, for conspiring to kill the late leader, Sheikh Mohammed Yusuf, after he was arrested and the soldiers handed him over to police at the 21 Armoured Brigade, popularly known as Giwa Military Barracks in Maiduguri.

The statement added that, others to be prosecuted, according to Sharia, were the security operatives particularly those attached to the Operation Flush Joint Task Force (JTF) for causing the first crisis along the Customs area in the metropolis when they shot and wounded 20 of their brothers and killed two others.

“They also shot dead seven of our brothers and wounded 10 others during the commissioning of a mosque in Monguno Local Government Area. We also demand the immediate arrest and prosecution of those behind the killings of Baa Fugu Mohammed, who was the father-in-law of the late Boko Haram leader and a former commissioner during Sheriff’s administration, Alhaji Buju Foi.”

Another condition for dialogue, according to the statement, is for the immediate resignation  of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)–led government in Borno State under Governor Kashim Shettima,  because the party machineries were responsible for the attack on the Ibn Thaimiyya Islamic centre (Markas) in Maiduguri (the enclave of the late leader of the sect).

It also requested for the  immediate investigation into the killing of their brothers through food poisoning which was perpetrated by prison warders with the connivance of former Governor Ali Sheriff.
Also, the statement urged the Federal Government to release the report of committee of inquiry set up by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, which was headed by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar, to investigate the alleged extra-judicial killings of their brothers during the 2009 unrest.

Finally, the statement stated that, if Federal Government refuses to  fulfill these conditions, the sect members would not entertain any dialogue.

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