Boko Haram releases four Chibok schoolgirls – official

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

The Boko Haram insurgent group has released four of the over 250 schoolgirls kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, an official has said.

The Chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, Bana Lawan, said on Wednesday that the four girls were released by their captors on Tuesday after they fell ill; thus bringing to 57 the number of girls accounted for.

Mr. Lawan spoke in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders meeting for validation of draft humanitarian response plan for the abducted girls.

The meeting was organised by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

Represented by the council’s Director of Personnel and Management, Musa Kolo, the chairman commended Nigerians for showing concern and support for Chibok people, saying the support restored the hope and aspiration of the people for the return of peace to the community.

He commended the Federal Government’s prompt intervention through the provision of relief items for the people.

He urged the Federal Government to resuscitate the facilities destroyed by the insurgents and improve security in the affected school to boost the morale of the students.

Mr. Lawan explained that boys were encouraged to attend the school in Chibok because of the lack of education facilities in the area and appealed for the construction of boys’ hostels in the school.

He said the construction of the hostels would reduce the hardship faced by the students, who attended school from afar.

Mr. Lawan, who also decried the poor health facilities in the area, appealed for the deployment of medical personnel and teachers to the area.

He said the deployment of National Youth Service Corps members to the area would boost the educational and health needs of the people of Chibok.

Earlier, the NEMA Director-General, Mohammad Sani-Sidi, said the meeting was aimed at strengthening the coordination mechanism for humanitarian response in Chibok.

“While the Federal Government is working towards the safe release of the abducted girls, it is important that a sectoral response plan is prepared for their rehabilitation and reintegration back to normal life.

“The objective of the meeting is to integrate all sectoral response plans into one holistic multi-sectoral response plan to avoid duplication of efforts,’’ Mr. Sani-Sidi said.

He said NEMA and other actors had intervened in crisis occasioned by insurgency in Chibok by providing food and other items, water and medicaments for the affected people.

Also the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Dauda Toure, said the organisation had mapped out a 75 million-dollar intervention plan for states affected by the state of emergency in the north-east.

He said the UN system in Nigeria has developed an integrated response package to address the humanitarian needs in Chibok.

He said the UN system would intervene in the areas of health, peace and conflict resolution, water and sanitation, among others.

April 14 marks a watershed in the attacks carried out by members of Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, as they kidnapped over 250 girls from their secondary school in Borno State, and threatened to sell them if the federal government refuses to exchange them for terrorists in prisons.

(NAN)


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  • Peter2000

    Were they released or they escaped? Premium times, you people have a front seat to this boko haram kidnap hoax, please tell us the real story.

    • emmanuel

      Peter where have you been?

      If you add 2 + 2 and remove 1 unknown, you are likely to find 3 left or even. 2.

      I rest my case!

      • Peter

        I have always said that these girls are locked up somewhere heavily protected by agents of the Boko Haram states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. The whole thing is coming into fore. If I may ask, who brought them to the Chibok Local Government Chairman; have these girls no tales to tell of their abductors, which may serve as possible clue to rescue the remaining girls in captivity.

    • Tobibs

      Bastardd

  • bosah

    It is best to not trust any news one reads from Nigeria. I have come to the personal conclusion that news whether good or bad coming out of Nigeria is cash and carry. You pay them for the story and the bend of the story.

    Everything revolves around politics and winners and losers. A brave new world for Nigerians. Caveat emptor is the key, folks.

  • malam amadu

    Bring back all our girls.

  • Majid

    No details about this release of 4 girls…feels more like propaganda…smh

  • Abubakar Sfada

    Join the discussion…rubbish talk, for over month now, a group of world military’s fair to free those girls, every day different stores, we are tied of this firms.

  • Anon

    Funny! But true.
    ** Vice President -North.
    ** Senate President -North
    ** Speaker House of Reps – North.
    ** PDP National Chairman – North.
    ** Head of Service – North.
    ** INEC Chairman – North.
    ** Inspector General of Police – North.
    ** CBN Governor – North but just
    suspended,
    **Chief Justice of federation – North.
    ** President Court of Appeal – North.
    ** EFCC Chairman – North.
    ** President Federal high court – North.
    ** National Security Adviser – North.
    ** Chief of Defense Staff – North.
    ** Controller, Customs Service – North.
    ** Controller Prison Services – North.
    ** Richest man in Africa – North.
    ** 85% of Petroleum Marketers in Nigeria –
    Northerners.
    **80% of Oil Block Owners in Nigeria –
    Northerners.
    **99% of beggars in Nigeria – Northerners
    ** Boko Haram – North.
    *** Bombing area North
    Yet, the Poorest states in Nigeria and
    Educationally backward areas in Nigeria are
    in the North. Now, ask yourself…
    What is the problem of the Northerners and
    Nigerian??????????cos the president is tired of everything

    …Culled

    • longben

      There is a saying that “he who starts a landslide will be its first victim” The desperation of the north for political power will be its undoing. Nigeia is listed as a poor country today because of northerners,they dont want state police,they say no to PIB,no to region and decenctralized govt,no to polio immunization,no to 50percent derivation formular,no to common-sense. They say yes to religious bigotry,yes to the status quo that has almost killed Nigeria,yes to terrorism and backwardness as a tool to achieve political power,no to education. The list goes on and on.I feel really sorry for the rest of Nigerians who have to put up with these archaic nonsense.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    NYSC members to Chibok. God forbid

  • Uzoma

    If these girls were truly released by Boko Haram, then there is only one lesson to take away from it: #ReleaseOurGirlsNow is the way to go; It’s a winning strategy.