Boko Haram has offered to release 30 Chibok girls out of the 219 held in their captivity if the federal government releases 18 of their detained members.
The Islamist extremist group on April 14, 2014 abducted more than 250 girls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno and have kept them captive ever since.
The sect has released names of the key 18 members they want released and the list of the 30 Chibok girls they will release to the former Boko Haram negotiator, Shehu Sani, who is also the President of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria.
This development came after secret talks between a government delegation and a Boko Haram commander, who is being detained in Kuje Prison in Abuja, report say.
A source who spoke with the press said: “Some top officials met with Umar about two weeks ago in Kuje Prison to discuss issues connected to the fate of the Chibok girls.
“We heard some inmates sharing this information that the sect might swap the girls with Umar and others. But all the details are still secret because Umar keeps to himself a lot”.
But another source allegedly said: “The delegation had a fruitful negotiation with Umar, who is one of the highly-rated commanders of Boko Haram. The group assured Umar of a swap and he has been looking forward to it.
“The sect has given a list of 18 of its members to be swapped with the abducted Chibok girls”.
When Sanni was contacted to confirm the news all he said was “no comment.”