The Director General of the State Security Service, SSS, Lawal Daura, has opened up on how his agency was able to secure the release of the abducted Dapchi school girls.
According to Premium Times. Daura, in his statement when President Muhammadu Buhari received the schoolgirls at the State House presidential villa Abuja, recalled that the president had given “a clear directive to security agencies to use peaceful options to ensure the timely and safe release of the girls”.
He said what followed that directive was “intense behind-the-scene dialogue spearheaded by the Department of State Services”.
Daura said the insurgents’ only condition was their demands for the cessation of hostilities and temporary ceasefire to enable them to return the girls at the point they picked them.
He said they also required assurances that the government security forces would keep to that request.
“The exercise was arduous and quite challenging.
The sensitivity of the operation and some uncertainties surrounding it, particularly routes to be used, nature of transportation, realization, and concern that the girls were not kept in one place, issues of encountering military checkpoints within the theater and indeed keeping the operation on strictly the principle of need-to-know made the whole exercise more complicating,”
The SSS chief said beyond the release of the abducted girls, the primary interest of the service for engaging in the dialogue was informed by the need for permanent, possible cessation of hostilities.