219 Chibok schoolgirls still missing – FG panel

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A total of 219 students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, are still missing after the mass abduction carried out by members of the Boko Haram sect in the school on April 14.

The 219 students were among the 276 girls said to have been snatched from the school during the midnight raid.

The Chairman of the Presidential Fact-finding Committee on the Abduction of Chibok Schoolgirls, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Sabo (retd.), disclosed this on Friday while presenting the committee’s report to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He spoke just as the President said school owners, especially those in the North East, must henceforth be ready to provide adequate security if they must keep students in boarding houses.

Sabo said contrary to the opinion being held by some people that no student was abducted, his committee discovered that there was indeed a mass abduction at the school.

He said during the siege on the school, 119 students managed to escape before their remaining colleagues were abducted.

He added that among the 276 girls abducted, 57 girls managed to escape from their abductors while they were being moved through a zig-zag route.

He said, “As most Nigerians already know, there were some persons who doubted whether, in fact, any student was abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok.

“On the other hand, for those who believed that there was abduction, there were lingering doubts as to how such a number of kidnap victims were conveyed, considering also that information was sparse as to how the raiding insurgents evacuated the victims.

“Mr. President, the Committee here wishes to lay to rest any residual doubt whether or not any student was abducted at Chibok. There was mass abduction on the night of 14th April, 2014.

“During the siege on the school, 119 students escaped from the school premises, before the insurgents took away their classmates. A total number of 276 students were, thus, abducted.

“As of today, 57 of the abducted students have been reunited with their families after escaping along the zig-zag transport route taken by the insurgents, or by bolting to safety when the insurgents laid-by for a rest. Sadly, 219 students remain unaccounted for.”



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