Crime and Security

Chibok School remains under lock 5 years after Boko Haram abduction of 219 girls

Chibok School remains under lock 5 years after Boko Haram abduction of 219 girls

The Federal Government may have abandoned the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, as the school has remained under lock and key more than five years after 219 students were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.

The students of the students are now reportedly receiving lessons at a nearby primary school.

The insurgents had attacked the school in the early hours of April 14, 2014 and took hostage over 200 girls. 57 of the girls were said to have escaped and found their way back home.

Following a negotiation between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram terrorists, over 100 girls were freed, leaving 112 others in captivity in the past 1,998 days. 

A member of the Kibaku Area Development Association in Abuja, Dr. Manasseh Allen, on Wednesday, lamented the failure of the Federal Government to rescue the remaining 112 girls in Boko Haram captivity, five years after that national embarrassment. 

Allen alleged that the government had not offered any form of assistance to the parents of the missing girls or the community as a whole. He also revealed that over 21 Chibok parents had died as a result of trauma.

 “Aside the presence of a military brigade in Chibok, which has been doing its best to protect the people, the government has not done anything either directly for the parents or the people. The school has neither been completed nor put into operation. It is part of the primary school that the pupils are now using. They go there in the afternoon after the primary school pupils had closed.

“If the government was serious about changing the lives of the people, the school would have been completed as a way of countering extremism.

“The Federal Government should have been able to build the school to international standard, furnish it in such a way as to send a strong signal to the terrorists that they cannot cow us,” he said.

Allen further said the government has been unable to negotiate the release of the remaining 112 girls, stressing that the release of the first batch of 100 girls was achieved through negotiation by the Department of State Services.

He added, “None of the girls was rescued through military operations. We know that even if not all, most of them are still alive. If the government is serious about securing their release, it can get them alive.

“We still believe that most of the girls are alive and they want to come home. Those that were married by the insurgents are running away from the bush and coming back to civilisation. We are confident that those that were forcefully taken away will look for a way to return to their loved ones.”

According to the Chibok indigene, many people had fled their communities in the Chibok  Local Government Areas, following the spate of attacks by the insurgents. “I have lost count of the attacks, but they (Boko Haram) have attacked Gatamarwa more than five times, Flemagalama more than five times, and other communities.

The attacks are so many that we don’t bother counting. As a result of this, many people have abandoned their farmlands and this has affected food production in the area,” Allen said.

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