Nigeria rejects Boko Haram prisoner swap for hostage schoolgirls

12 May 2014 - 17:29 By AFP
MOTHERS' PLEA: Members of civil society groups demonstrated in Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos, yesterday, demanding that the government do more to bring home the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist terror group Boko Haram. The Islamists say they will sell the girls into slavery
MOTHERS' PLEA: Members of civil society groups demonstrated in Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos, yesterday, demanding that the government do more to bring home the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist terror group Boko Haram. The Islamists say they will sell the girls into slavery
Image: Pius Utomi/ EKPEI/AFP

Nigeria on Monday rejected conditions set out by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by the Islamists.

Asked if the government would reject the suggestion mentioned by Shekau in a new video that the girls may be released once Nigeria frees all militant prisoners, Interior Minister Abba Moro told AFP: “Of course.

“The issue in question is not about Boko Haram... giving conditions,” he said.

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