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Police Parade Commander, 21 Others Involved In Chibok Girls’ Kidnap |RN

BOKO HARAM COMMANDER

 

Christopher Oji and Timothy Olarewaju, Maiduguri

Boko Haram terrorist commander who spearheaded the kidnap of over 200 secondary schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, in 2014 and 21 other members of the group have been arrested.

He was also responsible for over 50 suicide bombings within Maiduguri, Borno State, and Adamawa State, and the invasion of Bama and Gwoza.

His gang was also responsible for several attacks, ambush and killing of thousands of Nigerians, including security agents and civilians, in Borno and other North-East states of Nigeria.

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Recovered from the suspects were 11 AK-47 rifles and other weapons.

A senior police officer said, irked by the persistent suicide bombings and killing of residents in the North East by terrorist i recent times, Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris equipped and deployed special operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by DCP Abba Kyari with enough technical intelligence to Maiduguri to trace and arrest the terrorists responsible for suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks in the North East.

The force public relations officer, Moshood Jimoh, said: “After a lot of planning and use of advanced technology, between July 4 and 9, IRT special teams, with support from SARS/CRACK teams of Borno State Command, swung into action and eventually succeeded in arresting 22 confirmed Boko Haram terrorists (BHT) who confessed to several suicide bomb explosions within Borno and Adamawa states, kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirl, and invasion of Bama and Gwoza, among many other crimes. The suspects narrated various roles each of them played. Among them are the commanders and coordinators of suicide bombings in Borno State, Coordinator and members of the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping, ambushes on security agents, logistics suppliers and their receivers of gold, international currencies, cows, etc.

 

“The suspects are Modu, aka Abor, who confessed to being one of the Boko Haram commanders who coordinated and led the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014 and several attacks on Bama, Gwoza and Mubi towns in Borno and Adamawa states; Mohammed, who confessed to have participated in the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping and coordinating suicide bombings; Jidda, who confessed to have participated in the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping and coordinating suicide bombings; Wardi, who also confessed to participating in the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping and coordinating suicide bombings; Alhaji Jidda, who confessed to have participated in the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping and coordinating suicide bombings and others.

“Ajiri Bu confessed to having participated in the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping and arranging suicide bombings, and others who played one role or the other.

“The suspects have confessed to be masterminds of several attacks and suicide bomb blasts in Baga Road, 3-3, Custom, Bulunkutu, Post Office, Muna, Kasuwan Shanu, Dalori IDP camp, etc, in Maiduguri and many suicide attacks in Adamawa State, killing of thousands of innocent Nigerians, including ambush on security agents and civilians in the many parts of northeast Nigeria.

Eleven rifles and many other weapons and exhibits were recovered from the deadly terrorist group.”

Moshood said the suspects were helping the authorities with useful information to arrest other fleeing Boko Haram commanders.  (The Sun)

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Bakare To BBOG: Nigerians Must Demand Their Rights From Buhari |The Republican News

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Okwe Obi, Abuja

Founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, speaking at a Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) lecture, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver on the promises he made to Nigerians in 2015, insisting that it is constitutionally necessary for citizens to demand their rights.

Bakare also accused the Federal Government of failing to appoint women into a sensitive position of authority, advising the President to protect citizens, and especially the girl child faced with genital mutilation, trafficking and slavery, early marriage, unequal access to education, economic empowerment, and aspirations.

Bakare, stating this at the 2nd annual lecture of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls campaign’ themed: ‘Towards a just and good society: Renewing our commitment to the girl child,’ Saturday in Abuja, insisted that, unless the government began to prioritize girl child education and freedom, the country may not achieve its full potential.

 

The BBOG is an activist campaign founded by former Education Minister, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, demanding the release of the remaining 112 girls abducted by terror group Boko Haram in Government Girls College, Chibok, Borno State four years ago.

Bakare, who was a Vice Presidential running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2011 under the platform of the defunct Action Congress Nigeria (ACN), stated that “the fact that the Dapchi episode happened four years after the Chibok incident and one year to elections, just as it was in the Chibok case, is evidence of an alarming national malady.

“There is something wrong when a nation is twice bitten yet never shy with respect to the safety and security of its girl child.

“There is something undeniably wrong when the girl child repeatedly becomes the bargaining instrument in negotiation deals between the government and terrorists.

“There is something absolutely wrong when the girl child becomes a pawn in a political chess game in which the major political parties seek to score political points.

“One of the key indicators of stability or the lack thereof in a nation is the state of its girl child because she is often the most vulnerable in a destabilised polity.

“The problematic issues encountered by the girl child in any society are symptoms of an underlying malady which must be diagnosed.

“In essence, the brazen assault on the girl child in the Nigerian state is a clear indication that our nation is sick,” the pastor concluded.

Bakare also spoke on the actions of the BBOG campaign, stated that their intervention was timely.

“The right intervention must be guided by the realisation that the Bring Back Our Girls campaign is symbolic.

“It is the realisation that the girl child can grow to become a strong and accomplished woman contributing significantly to society.

In her remarks, co-founder of the group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, stressed that they would not bow to pressure until victory is achieved.

Chairperson of the event, Sen. Naj’atu Muhammed, blamed the military for not doing enough to see to the rescue of the girls.

She admonished Nigerians to join in the campaign to ensure that the abducted girls regain their freedom.     (The Sun)

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Buhari Paid Boko Haram €3m For Release Of Chibok Girls – Wall Street Journal |RN

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President Muhammadu Buhari

The Federal Government paid €3m for the release of some Chibok schoolgirls who were in Boko Haram custody, according to Wall Street Journal.
In 2014, Boko Haram insurgents had kidnapped 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state.
Of the 276, 163 are now free: 57 fled in the early days after their abduction, three escaped later, and a Swiss-coached mediation secured 103.
Twenty-one of the 103 were freed on October 13, 2016, while the remaining 82 were freed on May 6 this year.
In a detailed report on the incident, WSJ said while €1m was paid for the 21 first freed, additional €2m accompanied the five Boko Haram commanders that were exchanged with the next batch: the 82 girls.
TheCable had earlier reported how the €2m were reportedly paid.
Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have links with the sect, and Zannah Mustapha, a lawyer, were said to be key mediators involved in both deals.
After months of talks involving Salkida and Mustapha, a breakthrough was finally reached when in late 2016, both parties agreed on a plan concerning the girls’ freedom.
WSJ said: “The plan called for two exchanges. In the first one, Boko Haram would free 20 Chibok hostages in exchange for €1m.
“If both sides were satisfied with the outcome, the rest of the girls who wanted to come home would be swapped in a second exchange in return for €2 and five imprisoned Boko Haram commanders.”
“As Mustapha worked through the details and tried to maintain the confidence of both sides, the Nigerian government began the delicate process of finding prisoners Shekau would deem acceptable.
“Salkida was the man picked for the task. He began to crisscross Nigeria combing jails and interviewing inmates, looking for militants who fit the profile.”
The report added that while the deal began coming together, there were fears that President Muhammdu Buhari might not approve of it.
“The President was eager for a victory. He also loathed the idea of paying Boko Haram. No one knew if he would sign off,” it said.
“In the end, he approved the deal, with a condition: He insisted that any money that reached Boko Haram would be a step toward a comprehensive peace agreement.
“Since the insurgents collected their €3m, some Nigerian officials say an army that had struggled to feed itself seems replenished,” it stated.
TheCable stated that it was not able to independently verify the claims concerning the payment.
When contacted, Femi Adesina, Buhari’s spokesman, neither confirmed nor denied the claims.
“Ask them to show the evidence,” Adesina told TheCable via a text message. (Punch)

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Our Kidnap By Boko Haram In 2014 Accidental – Chibok Girls |RN

Released Chibok schoolgirls at Aso Villa

The abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram’s jihadist insurgency was the accidental outcome of a botched robbery, say the girls who spent three years in their brutal captivity.

The Chibok girls made the surprise revelation in secret diaries they kept while held prisoner and a copy of which has been exclusively obtained by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

They were kidnapped from their hostel at the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram fighters on April 14, 2014.

Recalling the night of their kidnapping in April 2014, Naomi Adamu described in the diaries how Boko Haram had not come to the school in Chibok to abduct the girls, but rather to steal machinery for house building.

Unable to find what they were looking for, the militants were unsure what to do with the girls.

“One boy said they should burn us all, and they (some of the other fighters) said, ‘No, let us take them with us to Sambisa (Boko Haram’s remote forest base) … if we take them to Shekau (the group’s leader), he will know what to do,’” Adamu wrote.

She was one of about 220 girls who were stolen from their school in Chibok one night April 14,  2014 – a raid that sparked an international outcry and a viral campaign on social media with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls.

Championed by former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili and the U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama – along with a diverse cast of media celebrities – the campaign won international infamy for Boko Haram and helped galvanise the Nigerian government into negotiating for the girls’ release.

Adamu was among 82 of the Chibok girls released by Boko Haram in May – part of the second wave after 21 of them was freed in October. They are being held in a secret location in Abuja for what the government has called a “restoration process.”

A few others have escaped or been rescued, but about 113 of the girls are believed to be still held by the militant group.

The authenticity of the diaries, written by Adamu and her friend, Sarah Samuel, cannot be verified, nor their intended role as the government negotiates with Boko Haram for more releases.

The diaries shed light not only on the horrors the girls endured under Boko Haram, but their acts of resistance, and their staunch belief that they would one day go home.

The girls said they started documenting their ordeal a few months after the abduction when Boko Haram gave them exercise books to use during Koranic lessons.

To hide the diaries from their captors, the girls would bury the notebooks in the ground, or carry them in their underwear.

Three of the other Chibok girls also contributed to the undated chronicles, which were written mainly in passable English, with some parts scribbled in less coherent Hausa.

“We wrote it together. When one person got tired, she would give it to another person to continue,” Adamu, 24, said from the state safe house in the capital, where the girls are being kept for assessment, rehabilitation and debriefing by the government.

Life in the Sambisa involved regular beatings, Koranic lessons, domestic drudgery and pressure to marry and convert.

The girls’ spirits remained intact, as they devised amusing and mocking nicknames for the fighters, the diaries show.

Yet cruelty and brutality were ever present.

When five girls tried to escape, the militants tied them up, dug a hole in the ground, and turned to one of their classmates.

The jihadists handed her a blade and issued a chilling ultimatum: ‘cut off the girls’ heads, or lose your own’.

“We are begging them. We are crying. They said if next, we ran away, they are going to cut off our necks,” Adamu wrote.

On another occasion, the militants gathered those girls who had refused to embrace Islam, brought out jerry cans and threatened to douse them in petrol then burn them alive.

“They said, ‘You want to die. You don’t want to be Muslim,(so) we are going to burn you,” read the diary entry.

As fear set in, the militants cracked into laughter – the cans contained nothing but water, the girls wrote.

One of the most striking excerpts illustrates the pervasive fear spread by Boko Haram in the North-East, where the group has killed 20,000 people and uprooted at least two million in a brutal campaign that shows no signs of ending soon.

During their captivity in the Sambisa Forest, some of the Chibok girls escaped and ended up in a nearby shop where they asked the owners for help, as well as food and water.

“The girls said, ‘We are those that Boko Haram kidnapped from (the school) in Chibok,’” Adamu wrote. “One of the people (in the shop) said: ‘Are these not Shekau’s children?’”

The shop owners let the girls stay the night.

But the next day they took them back to Boko Haram’s base, where the girls were whipped and threatened with decapitation.

Despite being flushed with relief at her own freedom, Adamu worries about her closest friend and co-author, Samuel, who is still with the group, having married one of its militants.

“She got married because of no food, no water,” Adamu said from the government safe house in Abuja.

“Not everybody can survive that kind of thing,” she added. “I feel pained … so pained. I’m still thinking about her.”  (Punchng.com)

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CHIBOK GIRLS: 1,000 Days In Captivity |The Republican News

From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri

Unlike in the past, Madam Martha, one of the parents of the abducted Chibok girls wasn’t in the mood to exchange pleasantries with Sunday Sun reporter who called her on phone mid week. “Will you people allow me mourn my tragic fate?” she screamed from the other end before she hung up the line.
This encounter underscores the angst of many of the parents of the Chibok schoolgirls especially as this weekend marks exactly 1000 days after Boko Haram abducted their daughters.
Chibok, a lively community in the southern part of Borno was relatively unknown until April 14, 2014, when Boko Haram struck at the Girls Secondary School, a boarding school in the community in the night and kidnapped about 270 girls from their dormitory. About 56 of the girls were able to escape from the abductors days after the incident occurred, but others were whisked away through the thick vegetation of southern Borno to the insurgents’ camp in the dreaded Sambisa forest. The abduction attracted international outrage, leading to the formation of #BringBackOurGirls campaign to press on the federal government to intensify efforts at rescuing the girls.
Since then, Chibok and its people have been in mourning and anxiety while few of the parents died in the process.

Midday joy
The rescue of Amina Nkeki, one of the abductees by the military in collaboration with Civilian JTF on May 20, 2016 and release of 21 others in October, 2016, rekindled hope that many of the girls may still return home someday, especially with revelations from those recently freed that many of the girls were in the vast Sambisa bush, Boko Haram’s major operational base before it fell recently. “It was like a mid day joy,” Maina Chibok, uncle to one of the kidnapped girls, told Sunday Sun.
He said many of the parents and relations had hoped the rescue effort would continue in same manner particularly when they learnt that the military was conducting a crackdown on the insurgents’ camp mid December.
But with the military announcement that it had captured camp zero, the supposed heartland of Boko Haram’s camp in the forest, without discovering the remaining Chibok girls, many of the parents and relations are now worried and troubled.
“The revelation that the military captured Sambisa without our daughters being found only dashed our hope,” said Lucky Maina, a cousin to one of the abducted girls. “We go to bed each day in pain,” he added, noting that “each day was a long lonely day,” for them.

Stick and Carrot approach needed
Some parents are unsure their daughters are still alive, said Dr Manasseh Allen, leader of a Chibok youth group that first started campaigns for the rescue of the girls. “Nobody can feel the pains and anguish of our family members whose daughters have not been found. It is something that one can’t imagine,” he said, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to keep his promise.
“President Buhari promised during his inaugural ceremony on May 29, 2015, that he would rescue all the abducted Chibok girls. It is now 1000 days and almost two years in office, the president should keep his promise,” he stated.
He said the community would not keep quiet until the girls are rescued alive. “We had always thought and believed the girls were in Sambisa forest but now that the military said they couldn’t find the girls there, having captured the place, how then did the remaining 196 girls escape from Sambisa forest?” he asked rhetorically.
He also recalled a statement credited to the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who said last year that the move to secure the release of another batch of the girls after the first 21 girls, was in process. “The Minister of Information said about 82 or so of the girls would be released but we haven’t heard anything since then.”
He urged the government to intensify its carrot and stick approach to secure the release of the remaining girls and bring succour to the parents. He accused some political leaders in Chibok of using the travail of the abducted girls and their parents for political gains.
“It is sad and regrettable that the same people who are accusing people of politicizing the Chibok girls issue are themselves guilty of same accusation,” he said.

Hope not lost
Prof Auwa Biu who heads the Borno State Outreach of the BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights, the group leading campaigns for rescue of Chibok girls since 2015 said all hope is not lost.
“We still have confidence that the rest of the schoolgirls will be found. They must have escaped somewhere, we are still hoping and we will continue to pray for the remaining ones,” she said.
She noted that the video shown by the military during the Operation Lafiya Dole’s recent media briefing indicated that “the troops were careful in bombing targets at Sambisa, where we had assumed the girls were kept. So, we believe they are still alive somewhere.”
She urged parents and people of Chibok not to despair about the fate of the remaining girls.  (The Sun)

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