Abduction: Boko Haram Now Holds 234 Girls Captive

Islamist sect Boko Haram seems to have found another way of hurting innocent Nigerians as the number of secondary school girls now held by the terror group is estimated to be 234, more than double the 85 reported by education officials.

Parents of the girls yesterday gave the revised figure to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State when he came on a visit to Chibok, along with a military escort, to sympathise with them.

The aggrieved parents told the governor that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and the total reached 234.

Security officials had warned Gov. Kashim Shettima that it was too dangerous for him to drive to Chibok, 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and birthplace of the Boko Haram terrorist network blamed for the abductions.

Borno state education commission Musa Inuwo Kubo and the principal of the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School had initially said that 129 science students were at the school to write a physics exam when the abductors struck, after midnight on April 14.

Twenty-eight pupils escaped from their captors between Tuesday and Friday. Then another 16 were found to be day scholars who had returned to their homes in Chibok before the attack. That left 85 missing students, according to school officials.

According to AP, the discrepancies in the figures could not be immediately confirmed.

This latest confusion comes after the military had reported last week that all but eight of those abducted had been rescued — but then retracted the claim the following day.

Reports by military high command that soldiers were in “hot pursuit” of the abductors have been mere stunts, as parents and other town residents who carried out a search of their own and even chased the Boko Haram gunmen to Sambisa Forest said they did not meet a single Nigerian soldier on the way.

Boko Haram has been abducting some girls and young women in attacks on schools, villages and towns but last week’s mass kidnapping is unprecedented. The extremists use the young women as cooks and sex slaves, according to Nigerian officials.


  1. This is unimaginable, heartless and in human. I still don’t undastand wat mr president is doing about this. Sometimes back mr president made a teLevised broadcast saying that we are winning the war I actually never belived him cus I hv always seen him as a weak lane, no d heat is becoming hotter for Nigerians. God help us pllsss