Abductors ready for negotiation–Sources A considerable number of the famous Chibok schoolgirls abducted from a school in Borno State were sighted in the Sambisa forest nearly six years later, Daily Trust has gathered.
Boko Haram fighters loyal to Abubakar Shekau in April 2014 forcefully removed about 276 girls from their dormitories at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State. A child, who was kidnapped 11 months ago but was released on Sunday, February 2, 2020, told one of our correspondents she had recently seen some of the Chibok girls in Sambisa forest.
Today marks the Chibok girls ‘ 2.125th day in captivity, and two months from now their sixth year away from home will be coming up–on April 14, precisely.
During the years, the girls were some of the high-priced prisoners captured by the Shekau group. On the night of the kidnapping, 57 girls managed to jump from the trucks they were traveling in while the remaining 219 were pushed into the forest of Sambisa.
Some of them have been rescued through negotiations; few have died because of various reasons including ill health, about nine have been killed by a bomb that shelled where they were held while more than 100 are reportedly still in their abductors ‘ possession. Over the years, the girls had relocated to various locations in Borno and Adamawa counties, including the Mandara Mountains and Gwoza hills that border neighboring Cameroon. Of recent, the missing girls ‘ cases scarcely hit the headlines except during their abduction anniversary.
New insight on schoolgirls in Chibok
Yesterday came a look into the whereabouts of the Chibok boys. “I saw some of the girls,” said 18-year-old Stella Ibrahim, who was abducted on March 13, 2019 and on Sunday recovered her liberty. “I’ve met some of the girls from Chibok in the Sambisa forest,” she said during an interview in Maiduguri. One of those who mediated Stella’s release said some of the Chibok girls were eager to go home and that Shekau was also ready for fresh talks to make their release a reality. But the source did not give specifics of the conditions Shekau, the leader of the militant factional group, had forwarded.
“I would need permission from both ends to comment on this sensitive issue so as not to compromise the whole operation,” said the source. “What I can assure you is that the Shekau faction is willing to negotiate and to allow some of the girls to reunite with their families. “There is still hope for the release of those girls who are willing to return if the government seizes the opportunity and rescues them now,” the source said.
Sadly, Not Every Chibok Girl Will Make It Back To Their Parents
According to the source, “We are in talks with them about the Chibok girls (Boko Haram); I know many of them are still alive and healthy, and some of them are willing to return. “They have now opened doors for negotiations; thus this is a unique opportunity for the federal government to secure the release of those girls willing to return home,” the source said. Nevertheless, the source noted: “Sadly, some of the girls may not return, particularly those who were married to the commanders of the high ranking.
“But there are of course some who are not married or those whose husbands were killed in the war and refused to be re-married–they are the ones who are willing to return. “Those who were still married to the commanders were given no option; that is, they will not return,” the source said.
Parents excited about “life proof” in Chibok
Some parents of the missing girls from Chibok have expressed satisfaction that their daughters are still alive. One of them, Mr Joshua Bulum, spoke on the phone and said the news that some of the girls are still alive is a good tiding. “God heard my prayers,” he announced. “I never gave away that one day my daughter Ruth Wadi will be alive. Her mother has been waiting, she’s been crying all these years and we can’t wait for our daughter to come in. We hope the federal government will use the available window to ensure all the Chibok girls are released, “he said.
Ayuba Alamson, whose sister Hadiza Kwagi was one of the 57 girls who escaped the abduction in Chibok on the night, said many of the girls are returning optimistic. “We know some of them have died, this is certain but all these years the Chibok group has been praying. We want to take back our children. We’re not worried if they have kids or anything, we want them back,’ he said. Mama Rebecca, whose daughter is missing too, Sarah Samuel, said, “We are powerless. This is not an easy task. Life hasn’t been even with us since the kidnapping of our children.
Life is difficult without them but God’s grace has kept us going, “she said. Mohammed Yahaya, whose daughter Ya’na Pogu is also in Boko Haram’s hands, said, “We are waiting for our daughters to return. What is important to us is to see them; their absence makes us suffer. I appeal to the Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to make every effort to ensure our daughters ‘ freedom, “he said.