With nation’s security department being economical with the real truth about the recent arrest of a top Boko Haram leader, Abul Qaqa, the leadership of the Boko Haram sect yesterday shed more light reacting to public held impression that the sect publicity henchman’s home was stormed while he was arrested.
Boko Haram spokesman, Abul Qaqa was reportedly captured in Kaduna by the nation’s secret police.
But BH reacted on Friday stating that the arrested operative was not Qaqa but Abu Darda who is the head of Boko Haram’s enlightenment committee.
The real Qaqa purportedly spoke yesterday in Maiduguri, saying that Darda was in Kaduna to meet government officials ahead of a possible dialogue meeting, when he was surrounded and arrested by a joint task force team.
The sect spokesperson said there is no more opportunity for dialogue because of the arrest.
In the telephone conversation with journalists, the sect said “Our man was deceived in the name of dialogue; the person that was arrested was Abu Dardaa and not Abul Qaqa. I am Abul Qaqa, the spokesman of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnati Lidda’awati Wal Jihad.
Of course, Abu Dardaa is a senior member of our group who plays a key role on public enlightenment. The arrest of Dardaa is an outright deception and betrayal by the Nigerian government and security agents….”
“The arrest of Dardaa has proven to us that security agents were anxiously waiting for us to avail ourselves so that they can catch us. Based on the agreement and mutual understanding, we purposely sent Abu Dardaa to Kaduna to discuss with some key government functionaries on the issue of dialogue. Indeed, he had discussed with some officials but unknown to him, shortly after the meeting, they directed some security agents to trail him afterwards and then arrested him.”
“Despite the risk and dangers involved, Dardaa had volunteered to present himself for the dialogue but was betrayed, all of us were betrayed. ”
Everybody knows our capability and tactics of operation and it is clear that none of our members could be caught on a platter of gold and without confrontation, just the way Dardaa was picked. We initially thought that the much thought about dialogue was true and we actually resolved that after the initial meeting, we would send five representatives to stand for us.
Part of what we told Dardaa to discuss with the government representatives was the unconditional release of our members as precondition for any further discussion. I want to reiterate that even with his arrest; we want all our members to be released for peace to return and for dialogue to hold.”