The Nigerian Army has reacted to an allegation that it arrested more than 60 parents of the kidnapped Chibok school girls, while they were on their way to Abuja to partake in a planned protest scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2016.
A source close to the commanding officer in the town, averred that sixty-five parents of abducted Chibok girls were not detained by the Nigerian military as claimed by the BringBackOurGirls group, TheCable reports.
Hassan Chibok, who spoke audaciously for the military on Wednesday, January 13, maintained that the military only told the parents to obtain a pass from the Chibok local government chairman, so that soldiers could escort them out of the dangerous zone they were planning to travel through.
He Said; ”You know the situation in Chibok. For weeks now, we have been experiencing attacks around Chibok general area. And there is a report, intelligence report that Boko Haram members were planning to lay ambush for the parents when travelling to Abuja.
So the military here told them that if they were planning to go to anywhere, they should get authority letter from the local government council. That way, the army is aware of their movement, and will then give them adequate security to move them out of the danger zone.
”So when they made the plan of moving, the army here asked them if the local government was aware of their movement? They said no. So they were told to get all the necessary arrangement before they could leave. There have been series of ambushing on the roads, so moving in convoy is very dangerous here. In fact, moving in convoy here is only permitted with military escort so that there would be protection of life and property.
”Now, disregarding the information of the military, they now went through another part, the road that is blocked and is not for people to follow again. We told them to go back to your local government and bring authority so that they could be escorted out of their area. That’s really what happened. Nobody detained anybody; nobody harassed anybody; they only asked them to go back to chibok.”
When he was questioned if the parents indeed went back to Chibok or they stayed back with the military, he said:
“Yes, they are in Chibok. And, in case you don’t know, all these Chibok parents, there are a lot of things happening that you people who are not here in Borno do not know.
“There are fake parents, people claiming that their kids were among those kidnapped, which is not true. These people are only here because of their personal gains.”