Nigeria: 'Military Lied Over Chibok Abducted Girls' – School Principal

Mrs Asabe Kwambura, the Principal of GGSS Chibok in Borno State where over 100 female students were abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists today said she was shocked when she heard of claims by Nigerian military authorities that only eight girls are yet to be found.

Kwambura said both teachers and parents of the missing students are still confused as to the whereabout of the abducted girls who were loaded in a truck and Hilux vehicles.

"There is nothing in the military statement that is true about our abducted girls. Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students; all I know is that we have only 14 of them, and the security people especially the Vigilante and the well meaning volunteers of Gwoza are still out searching for them.

"The military people too are in the bush searching. So we have not received any information that they have gotten the students yet. So let it be clear that all the information passed on the media by the military concerning 107 girls is not true.

" I, as the principal did not tell any body any figure on released students other than what our Governor, His Excellency Kashim Shettima had informed the media," she said.

The principal wondered how such a large number of girls would be found and nobody sees them.

"The parents of these girls are in pain and somebody is saying they are in safe hands, where?" She asked.

"A military official called me from Abuja and I told him that I don't want to be seen to be contradicting myself on that (missing girls) because what the governor had said was what we know about… What the governor said is still the true picture of the whole issue and that information given by the military is totally wrong."

Governor Shettima had at a press briefing yesterday said 14 girls have been rescued and a competent security source said two more girls 'straying' in the bush were recovered in the bush, making the number of those that were officially rescued to 16.

Locals in Maiduguri have decried what they called "flagrant politicization" of the lives of innocent girls.

"It is a shame that Nigerian authorities can go this far in misleading its people and the international community…only God knows the trauma these innocent girls are passing through in the bushes but someone is lying that they are safe," Monday Karda, a native of Chibok said.

Hajiya Falmata Usman, a mother of five said those involved in misleading Nigerians most be forced to resign.

"The President should also relocate to Borno immediately and see to the release of these girls. The insurgents are in Sambisa and not Cameroon. Dont we have satelite images? Dont we have fighter jets? Dont we have enough troops to cordon the whole of Southern Borno and save this young girls?" She asked.

Janet Abu, a student in Maiduguri said they deserve a
n apology from Nigerian authorities.

"I doubt much if I would pass my final year exams because my mind is with my abducted sisters…this is something that can also happen to me.

"If it is true that the girls have been freed, we want the military to show them on television; we want to hear their voices,"she said.


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