London – Western governments are said to have spotted the kidnapped Chibok girls shortly after their disappearance, but failed to launch a rescue mission for them.
According to Sunday Times of London, The United States and the United Kingdom knew about the whereabouts of at least 80 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, but did not rescue them.
The report said videos of the girls being used as sex slaves have emerged.
Former British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Andrew Pocock, revealed that a large group of the missing girls were spotted by British and American surveillance officials shortly after their disappearance, but that experts felt nothing could be done.
"A couple of months after the kidnapping, fly-bys and an American eye in the sky spotted a group of up to 80 girls in a particular spot in the Sambisa Forest, around a very large tree, called locally the Tree of Life, along with evidence of vehicular movement and a large encampment," Pocock was quoted as saying.
He said that authorities were "powerless" to intervene – and the Nigerian government "did not ask for help anyway".
Boko Haram stormed a secondary boarding school in the remote town of Chibok in Borno State, northern Nigeria in April 2014, and seized 276 girls who were preparing for end-of-year exams.
Although 57 of the girls managed to escape, the rest have remained missing and have not been heard from or seen since apart from in May that year, when 130 of them appeared in a Boko Haram vidoe wearing hijab and reciting the Quran.
- News24 Nigeria