Justin Welby aide 'in talks' to free Nigerian girls

A friend of the Archbishop of Canterbury has been working secretly to help to free the Nigerian schoolgirls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists, according to the Sunday Times (£).

Stephen Davis, a former canon at Coventry Cathedral, is said to have held face-to-face talks with a senior commander of the group after travelling to its stronghold and sleeping out in the bush.

School teachers take part in a rally to call for the release of abducted schoolgirls held by Boko Haram Credit: Reuters

Davis told the newspaper that he has been in Nigeria for almost a month after being recruited by the country’s president for his hostage negotiation expertise.

He previously worked in Nigeria with Justin Welby, head of the Anglican Church, to broker a truce between violent rebels and the government. The pair were frequently blindfolded and held at gunpoint during their work.

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