77 Chibok schoolgirls now identified from Boko Haram video

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

The Borno State Government said another 23 girls were identified on Wednesday after the video was viewed by more parents, teachers and students from Chibok.

A total of 77 girls have now been identified from the video released by the Boko Haram on Monday.

The video showed about 136 girls dressed in Islamic hijab, with their hands and faces showing, and reciting Quranic verses.

The girls are believed to be among the over 250 students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State; kidnapped on April 14.

The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in the video that he would not release the girls unless his members in various Nigerian prisons are released.

After the release of the video, the Borno government on Tuesday brought parents and some students from Chibok to preview the video, during which 54 of the students were identified.

The Borno State Government has now said another 23 girls were identified on Wednesday after the video was viewed by more parents, teachers and students from Chibok.

Governor Kashim Shettima’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau, said this in a statement.

“The exercise is continuing with a new set of parents, teachers and students. The three sets of people (parents, teachers and students) were brought to Maiduguri in batches.

“Another set is to continue the identification exercise tonight and we will get back to you with any update,” he said.

He listed the names of the 23 identified students as follows:

1. Fibi Haruna
2. Laraba Mamman
3. Saraya Yanga
4. Hauwa Mutan
5. Deborah Abari
6. Hauwa Nkeki Mbalala
7. Rejoice Musa
8. Yana Joshua
9. Esther Ayuba
10. Helen Musa
11. Mwa Daniel
12. Hannatu Ishaku
13. Yayi Abana
14. Mary Ndamah
15. Monica Enoch
16. Amina Ali
17. Ashe Ezekiel
18. Lydia Simon
19. Na’omi Bitrus
20. Kawuna Lalai
21. Kawuna Luka
22. Lydia Habila
23. Margaret Watsai

The federal government is cooperating with the U.S., U.K., China, and other countries in the search for the girls.


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