Some of the female students abducted from Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok, Borno State, may have been ferried around Lake Chad basin by their abductors – suspected Boko Haram gunmen.
A Chibok youth leader, Dr Pogu Bitrus, who stated this during an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), said his assertion was based on a report that indicates the girls were divided into groups to make it impossible for security agencies tracking them to rescue all the students from one place.
He said, “We have a report that the sect might have divided the girls into different groups and separated them to make it impossible to get all the girls in one place.
“Since the girls were abducted from GGSS Chibok by the Boko Haram, we heard that the girls were separated. Some were detained in Sambisa Forest, some detained around Gwoza, Marte and Monguno axis.
“For almost two weeks the security forces left us in confusion regarding their glaring inability to rescue the schoolgirls and no information from the security that will calm the frustrated parents”.
The youth leader also berated the government for not doing everything possible to rescue the final-year students of GGSS Chibok, adding that even if the government is doing anything possible to rescue the girls, it is being kept under wraps.
According to him: “The search for the missing girls was then left in the hands of their hapless parents who rented 150 commercial motorcyclists, got some volunteers with cutlasses and bows and arrows and went into the forest determined to rescue their wards or die trying.
“In the end, even they were forced to abandon the search when a warning came from the terrorists that if they didn’t stop, they and their children would be killed”, he said.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the state JTF, Col. Muhammad Dole, said he was not authorized to comment on the matter and referred further inquiries to the Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade.
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