Chi­bok people urge re­lease of school­girls

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The Kibaku Area De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (KADA), Chi­bok, Borno State, yes­ter­day ap­pealed to rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to in­ten­sify search and res­cue of the sec­ondary school­girls kid­napped from the area.

Dr Pogu Bitrus, the chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion, made the ap­peal at a news con­fer­ence in Abuja yes­ter­day.

More than 100 fe­male stu­dents were ab­ducted from the Govern­ment Girls Sec­ondary School Chi­bok on Mon­day night by sus­pected Boko Haram gun­men.

Bitrus said that the ap­peal be­came nec­es­sary as only 14 of the girls who es­caped through their per­sonal ef­forts had re­united with their par­ents.

He said that the rest of the stu­dents ab­ducted by gun­men on Mon­day had yet to re­turn to their par­ents.

Bitrus said the fig­ures re­leased by the mil­i­tary on Wed­nes­day of these freed were “mis­lead­ing as nei­ther the par­ents nor the school author­ity has seen the girls at press time.” He said the anx­i­ety gen­er­ated by the mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion had forced people of the area to mo­bilise and move to Sam­bisa for­est in search of the miss­ing stu­dents.

“The par­ents waited in vain up to this morn­ing (Thurs­day) and they mo­bilised in the night and left for Sam­bisa for­est at about 4 a.m. to look for their daugh­ters,” he said.

He, how­ever, said the ef­fort of the par­ents was to com­ple­ment that of the mil­i­tary.

Bitrus said the as­so­ci­a­tion had con­tacted the mil­i­tary in Maiduguri to ver­ify the claim that 121 of the girls had been res­cued, adding that no in­for­ma­tion was made avail­able to them. “Our daugh­ters, our girls have not re­turned to Chi­bok; we have not seen them, apart from those (14), who es­caped, and no other in­for­ma­tion is made avail­able,’’ he added. (NAN)

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