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Released Chibok girls were not sexually abused by abductors - source

28 October 2016, 07:32

Abuja - One of the Chibok schoolgirls that came back with a child was already pregnant before she was abducted along with 219 other girls by Boko Haram gunmen on 14 April 2014.

A source close to negotiations to free the remaining schoolgirls revealed that there was no truth whatsoever in stories making the rounds that the girl was impregnated by one of her Boko Haram abductors.

The informed source clarified that contrary to some media reports, the girl had conceived before her abduction after being properly married.

"The girl and her parents have confirmed this. The child is not a Boko Haram Child," he said.

The source also debunked stories that one of the girls came back pregnant, with some reports specifically saying one was four months pregnant.

The source trashed the stories as unfounded.

"None of the girls released was sexually harassed or abused while in captivity by their abductors,” he said.

Also read: NPA MD commends Buhari, FEC, over release of Chibok girls

"The current state of the girls is a source of joy as they are receiving the best medical, psychological and other forms of support from the authorities as directed by the Federal Government

"All groups including the families, The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) and Chibok Community are happy with their condition as medical experts work to address their health conditions.

"The girls have been visited by members of International Committee of the Red Cross, which played a great role in getting the girls freed.

"It is obvious to everyone that having been in captivity, the girls were traumatised but since their release, they are showing signs of recovering well," he said.

Rumours, speculative reports about the state of the 21 released Boko Haram captives, are said to be creating stumbling blocks to further talks with the insurgents.

The insurgents were said to be angry with Government for breaching some understanding reached with them when the 21 girls were being handed over 13 october.

However, government sources have denied any link with various speculative reports, especially in the social media.

- NAN

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