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Chibok girls kidnap overshadow festivities

30 December 2014, 12:50Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group expressed sadness at the continued failure to rescue the more than 200 schoolgirls the Boko Haram sect abducted in Borno State earlier this year.

The vicious sect kidnapped the girls in Chibok in April.

As the year drew to an end, officials bemoaned the fact the minors would not be celebrating the New Year with their families.

A BBOG leader, Oby Ezekwesili, during an event, expressed doubts efforts by government will yield results.

The official nonetheless said the group would enhance initiatives to help rescue the children.

Also read: Human rights activists call for prison prisons reform

Ezekwesili recently said the group was planning a special session ahead of the New Year.

In October, hopes were raised that the girls might soon be released after the Nigerian army announced a truce between Boko Haram and government forces.

The announcement coincided with the six-month anniversary of the girls'
capture and followed a month of negotiations mediated in Saudi Arabia by Chadian President, Idriss Deby.

The announcement was, however, met with doubts because it wasn’t the first time the Nigerian government had claimed a breakthrough in negotiations with the Islamic militant group – it had to backtrack on a previous announcement in September after saying the girls had been released and were being held in military barracks.

– CAJ News

- CAJ News


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