As Nigerian government enters the next phase of negotiations for the release of 83 Chibok girls this week, there are rumours that about 114 of the schoolgirls have either died, been married off, or become radicalised and don’t want to leave their Boko Haram kidnappers.
Boko Haram had abducted 276 girls – ages 16 to 18 – at a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria, in April 2014, which attracted global outcry.
This Day gathered that as many as 57 girls escaped almost immediately in 2014, with one found months ago.
Following the success in the negotiations for the release of the 21 girls, who were freed by the sect, last Thursday, where the leader of the sect aimed at testing the government’s level of commitment and sincerity, the release of the remaining girls may be based strictly on ransom payment and freedom for no fewer than 16 of Boko Haram commanders by the government, a source confided in Sunday Vanguard.
The source also stated that the government was keen on getting the remaining 83 girls, reportedly held by a top leader of the sect in an undisclosed location in the North East.
Of the 219 girls still missing, the source said that only 104 were left in the captivity of the sect while about 114 had long been married off by top commanders and converted to Islam.
“The truth is that those Chibok girls are now Boko Haram members, having married the sect members and become radicalised,” the source said.
“The remaining 83 girls are with a top leader of Boko Haram and those are the only ones we are going to work for their release in the next phase of our negotiations which starts immediately.
“The others had since become Boko Haram members, having been married off and radicalised into Boko Haram as soon as they were captured over two years ago”.
With negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government over the rest expected to resume on Monday, October 17, 2016, that would mean more than 40 per cent of those who were kidnapped in 2014 stand no chance of being brought home alive or no obvious immediate chance of being retrieved through negotiation.
CNN reported that two sources close to the negotiations disclosed that Boko Haram received money as part of the deal – the sources however did not disclose the amount.