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Vol 55 No 18

Published 12th September 2014


Ransom claims dog Biya

More reports say Yaoundé is negotiating with Boko Haram, as a prominent MP reports on the condition of the hostages

The government sent a ruling party MP, Abba Boukar Malla, to negotiate with the jihadist militia Boko Haram for ransoms for the hostages they seized in a raid on Kolofata village on 27 July, Africa Confidential has learned. But all contact with Boukar Malla, who has acted as an intermediary with the militants before, was lost until he was 'released' by Boko Haram on 26 August. He brought 'good news', he told the press, that Françoise-Agnès Ali, wife of the top minister and confidant of President Paul Biya, Ahmadou Ali, and other hostages were safe and well. The government denies negotiating with Boko Haram or paying ransoms.

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