Abdallah Adamou, the man widely believed to have negotiated with Boko Haram for the release of the Vice Prime Minister’s wife and other foreign hostages held by the Nigerian Islamic sect has been arrested by Cameroon’s secret service and taken to an unknown destination.
Abdullah Adamou reportedly contributed to the released of the Moulin Fournier family from France whose seven members were kidnapped in Dabanga on February 19th, 2014, two Italian priests; Rev. Giampaolo Marta and Rev. Gianantonio Allegri and Canadian clergy, Gilberte Bussiere, abducted on the night of the 4th and 5th of April 2014 and released on May 31st, 2014 around the Amchide locality in the Far North region. He was also a key man in the deal that freed 10 Chinese kidnapped in Waza in May 2014 and released on October the 10th alongside 17 abducted Cameroonians in Kolofata, freed on the 27th of July 2014.
A journalist with L’Oeil du Sahel who is very experienced in intelligence reporting revealed relations between the regime in Yaounde and Abdullah Adamou had significantly worsened in recent months and he was now suspected of collusion with Boko Haram. We understand his passport was first withdrawn when the SDF Chairman Ni John Fru Ndi openly challenged the CPDM regime to make public the Boko Haram negotiator. Two other relatives of Abdallah Adamou resident in Amchide were arrested on the 16th of March 2016.