Four parents of missing Chibok girls are said to have identified their missing daughters in the video released by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, yesterday. According to Sahara reporters, Mrs Esther Mutali, one of the mothers of the missing girls say some parents of the abducted girls in their community have been able to identify their daughters in the video.
According to Madam Esther, those identified include two senior students from Askari Uba Secondary School and Wuyo Secondary School respectively. Both schools are near Chibok. A third girl, whose name was given as “Abdu Hauwa”, has also been identified by her mother. The source added that a fourth girl, Adiza Isah, has also been sighted in the video, making the total of identified girls four.
A Community leader in Chibok, Allan Manessah, however says most parents whom he visited in the community were not able to identify their daughters in the video released yesterday and that he also visited one of the girls who escaped from the boko haram hideout and she could not recognize any of the girls in the video. He says his fear is that the whole video release may be a ploy by Boko Haram leader to divert attention from the security experts pursuing him for the girls release.
Meanwhile sources in the Borno state government say the state government has set up a committee headed by the Chibok Local Government Chairman to handle the identification of the girls. The official revealed that the state government plans to assemble the parents of the abducted girls living in Maiduguri and its surrounding areas to watch the video at the Government House today to enable them to identify their daughters.