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The Liberation Of The #DapchiGirls:Apparently It Was Not Money But A Convergence Between A Blue Moon & An Exceptional Stroke Of Good Fortune Which Nicked It. Incredible But True @segalink
Tonight, I was on the phone for one hour plus with sources who were effectively at the very, very firstline of those who swung this for Nigeria
My lead narrator is someone who is known to be averse to transactional releases. That, his credibility & his known sense of balance made me lend a listening ear
When all of this first happened, we told you first that it had to be Al-Barnawi's faction who had the girls, judging from the location of Dapchi. Some of these things are discernible to those who really keep an eye on the ball.They took the girls - no buts or ifs.ISWAP kept them
I have to be cagey cos this is not "public info" per se but you can read between the lines.To be sure,we had the benefit of solidarity from a foreign NGO whom I did not speak to but my contacts affirm their role
Now since those girls got taken and while efforts were underway to free them, grand-scale contention arose in the camp of the abductors. Recall that ab initio, this camp were supposed to be the ones not keen on negatively impacting civilians, be it attacks or abductions.
While the FG mulled over how to pull this off,not even they could have envisaged the fortuitous turn of events which played out this week. Reason why even they sounded surprised at the release of the girls. The back channel contacts were in the lead & giving feedback to the FG
As you may have noticed, the Yobe State Govt appear not to have even caught sight of the girls in passing before they jetted out to Abuja. The back channels were not their own draft was why & also things happened a bit too dramatically for anyone to tarry
So there arose a rift in the camp of the abductors with the ascendant wing of naysayers being opposed to the abductions. The abductors effectively found themselves on the backfoot and outnumbered
While contacts were being made,the naysayers mustered a majority sufficient enough to unilaterally impose their will on the collective. They reminded their mates that they changed leadership to move away from such antics which set them apart from the Shekau-led BH
It was the opinion of the naysayers, I was told impeccably, that since they were averse to preying on civilians, be that bombings or abductions for ransom, there was no question of negotiating any ransoms
Bolstered by their absolute dominance & certain that they were more than bolstered to defeat any internal reprisals, they unilaterally took the decision to free the girls
That was why even the FG did not quite seem to believe that we got this lucky and had to press for their expedited movement from Dapchi to MDGR, from where they were flown to Abuja. In a manner of speaking, it was too good to be true
There are developments which are unfolding at this moment which I'm constrained to keep close to chest. Suffice to say however that there MAY be many more surprise developments coming out of the camp of ISWAP. Bookmark this tweet
We try to suppress that inclination to be so embittered about ANYTHING as to be unable to tell the truth when it stares one in the face. We said "YBSG seem to be out cold". Does this deepen that take?…
Against the backdrop of the "good cop" v "bad cop" contention within the ISWAP as told above, could Mr President's offer of amnesty be a reward to the "moderates" who unilaterally opted to release the #DapchiGirls? Time to put on your thinking caps perhaps...

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