Borno panel confirms missing family after Boko Haram attack

Governor Kashim Shettima
Governor Kashim Shettima Photo: VOA Hausa

A panel set up by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State to investigate claims of new abductions of women in Bam-Buratai, has confirmed that a family of six was missing.

There were reports that Boko Haram insurgents abducted several girls on November 28 after killing many in the village during the attack.

Bam is a twin village to Buratai, the home town of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. It is in Biu local government area.

Gov. Shettima set up a seven-man fact-finding panel following reports of the purported abduction, particularly as the news came more than a year after over 400 school girls were abducted in their hostel in Chibok by Boko Haram. The Chibok girls are still missing.

The committee, in its report submitted to Mr. Shettima on Wednesday in Maiduguri, said it was not sure whether the missing family members were abducted or not, given the fact that there were infants amongst them and insurgents hardly abduct infants.

The committee said it found out that the insurgents invaded the community at about 10 p.m of November 28, shooting sporadically following which they killed some residents and set the village on fire.

The committee, led by the member representing Biu State Constituency in Borno State House of Assembly, Aliyu Kachalla, said it as­certained that family members of one of the villagers, named Pidigum Pin­dar, had been missing.

“They include Mrs. Gambo Pidigum and Mrs. Hamsatu Pidigum, the first and sec­ond wives respectively,” the committee said in the report.

Those discovered to have been abducted, according to the committee, were chil­dren of the Pidigum fam­ily.

They are: Hauwa’u Pi­digum, “an 8 years old Pri­mary 3 schoolgirl, Abdul­lahi Pidigum, 2 years 6 months old boy, Ummi Pidigum, a year and 6-month-old girl and Rabi Pidigum, a 6-month-old girl.

“There is no informa­tion about the whereabouts of the abducted members as at the time of compiling the report,” the committee said.

Mr. Shettima’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau, confirmed that the committee had submitted it findings to the Governor.

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