There are strong indications that the surveillance carried out by the United States of America and the United Kingdom spotted around 80 of the abducted Chibok girls, but the governments of both countries did nothing about it as a rescue attempt was considered too risky.
This is coming almost two years after the more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram terror sect.
Speaking to The Sunday Times of London, former British high commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, alleged that the surveillance teams of the US and UK spotted 80 of the abducted Chibok girls in Sambisa forest shortly after they were kidnapped in April 2014.
He said though the rescue operation could have resulted into the deaths of some of them, a few of them would have regained freedom.
He said: “A couple of months after the kidnapping, fly-bys and an American eye in the sky spotted a group of up to 80 girls in a particular spot in the Sambisa forest, around a very large tree, called locally the Tree of Life, along with evidence of vehicular movement and a large encampment.”
“A land-based attack would have been seen coming miles away and the girls killed.
“An air-based rescue, such as flying in helicopters or Hercules, would have required large numbers and meant a significant risk to the rescuers and even more so to the girls.
“You might have rescued a few but many would have been killed. My personal fear was always about the girls not in that encampment — 80 were there, but 250 were taken, so the bulk were not there. What would have happened to them? You were damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”
Speaking further, Pocock said the information was passed to the Nigerian authorities but they made no request for help.
The magazine also saw brutal rape videos which showed the schoolgirls were used as sex slaves by the terrorists.
“They film schoolgirls being raped over and over again until their scream become silent,” reported the magazine.
Dr. Stephen Davis, a former canon at Coventy Cathedral, who spent several years attempting to negotiate with the terror group, said Boko Haram “make Isis look like playtime” and said it is “beyond belief” that the authorities both in Nigeria and the West do not know where the schoolgirls are.