In a report released by Fides News Agency, Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, has agreed to a ceasefire. The report stated that a local Nigerian newspaper stated that suspected members of the Muslim extremists have held a closed door meeting with Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, and other top government officials and religious leaders from the state.
The commander of Boko Haram in Northern and Central Borno, Sheikh Abu Mohammad Abdulazeez Ibn Idris, held a press briefing stating that after consulting the leader of the sect, Shiekh Abubakar Shekau, all parties involved in the conflict have agreed to lay down their arms. Sheikh Abdulazeez stated that the group recognized that a large number of Muslim women and children have suffered due to the conflict and therefore, decided to come to an agreement with the government to end the dispute.
However, the Boko Haram commander called on the government to unconditionally release all members of the sect that are currently in detention.
Boko Haram has carried out several attacks throughout Nigeria against churches and other Christian places of worship and has also targeted Islamic leaders in the country who they deem as moderate.