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Remaining Chibok girls not coming home, says Boko Haram commander arrested in Nigeria


31 July 2018

The remaining “Chibok girls” kidnapped in April 2014 will not be returning home, according to a top Boko Haram commander recently detained by Nigerian security forces.

The captured terrorist told police that the remaining girls, thought to number around 100, have been indoctrinated and married to Boko Haram fighters.

On 14 April 2014, Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped 276 mainly Christian schoolgirls from a government secondary school in Chibok, north-east Nigeria. Around 160 have subsequently escaped, been rescued or released.

The 276 mainly Christian Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram on 19 February 2018 from a High School in Dapchi in north-east Nigeria
The 276 mainly Christian Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram on 19 February 2018 from a High School in Dapchi in north-east Nigeria

Girls reported being whipped by their captors to force them into marriage, while a group of Christian girls experienced a mock execution for refusing to convert to Islam.

The girls’ kidnap briefly caught the attention of media around the world, with celebrities using the Twitter hashtag #bringbackourgirls to call for their rescue or release.