How the Nigerian government is fuelling Boko Haram's kidnapping industry

Posted March 26, 2018

"That wasn't necessary. They claim and it is often said that there is no compulsion in Islam and for that reason alone, they should have let her go, so this is not good".

The terrorists shocked the world when they invaded Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state in April 14, 2014 and kidnapped 276 pupils.

Those who captured her, captured them, told Leah that if she wants to be released she must be a Muslim and Leah said she will never be a Muslim, she was a Christian.

Jimoh Moshood, spokesman of the police, was also not available for comment.

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From there, they will be transported to Dapchi, Yobe state to reunite with their parents.

President Buhari also assured parents of the 113 Chibok schoolgirls still with Boko Haram that government is still working to secure their release.

The kidnapping of the girls aged 11-19, was the biggest mass abduction since Boko Haram took more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014 - a case that triggered global outrage. "It equally added to the thought that some people in government are likely to be feeding fat on the so called war against Boko Haram".

According to witnesses contacted by AFP, the girls were held on an island on Lake Chad, which is a known stronghold for fighters loyal to Boko Haram factional leader Abu Mus'ab al-Barnawi. Five others are unaccounted for and are presumed to have died in a stampede when the girls tried to run away from their captors.

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On Saturday, soldiers deployed in Dapchi disappeared from the town's checkpoints, raising hopes for Leah's imminent release.

Leah was said to have been denied the chance to return home alongside her schoolmates because of her refusal to renounce her faith.

"The town is in high spirits and full of anticipation", Goni said.

Buhari, a 75-year-old former military ruler, has in the last few weeks toured areas hit by security problems, but has not said if he will seek re-election. The mass kidnapping sparked global outrage and a campaign to bring the girls back. He said no ransom was paid and that the incident offers the country an opportunity to end the Boko Haram insurgency through dialogue.

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