PHOTOS: BBOG Marks 2,000 Days Of Chibok Abduction

A photo combination of shoes bearing the names of abducted girls displayed in Abuja to mark the 2,000 days of the Chibok abduction in Borno State on October 5, 2019. Photos – Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

It is 2,000 days already since 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their hostel at the Government Girls’ Secondary School Chibok, Borno State.

Fifty-seven girls, however, escaped within days of the abduction which took place on April 14, 2014, while 219 remained in captivity.

Five years later, an additional 107 girls returned – four of them as a result of Nigerian Military interventions, 21 released in October 2016 after negotiations with their captors, and a further 82 set free by the terrorist group in May 2017.

But 112 of the schoolgirls have yet to return.

READ ALSO: Chibok Abduction: BBOG Marks 2,000 Days, Demands Release Of Remaining Girls

To mark the day, members of the Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) held another sit out in Abuja, demanding the intervention of the Federal Government for the girls’ release.

Shoes bearing names of the abducted girls were used to draw the attention of the government and the international community to the plight of the girls, as well as all other abducted persons, including Leah Sharibu who was abducted in February 2018 in Yobe State.

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Shoes bearing the names of abducted girls displayed in Abuja to mark the 2,000 days of the Chibok abduction in Borno State on October 5, 2019. Photos – Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Chibok Parent Insists 49 Towns Are Occupied By Boko Haram, Adesina Reacts

 

A Chibok Parent, John Bassa, has stated that at least 49 towns in the north east, are still being occupied by Boko Haram insurgents.

He said this on Tuesday during a town hall organized by Channels to assess the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in the last four years.

Bassa who stated that 44 of his relations who were Boko Haram commanders had been killed, and at least 50, were still “active and high-ranking officers of Boko Haram” controlling some territories, maintained that many towns are currently empty as a result of the insurgence.

When asked: “Are you saying that Boko Haram is still in control of some territories in the northeast, from where they plan and execute these attacks – he responded by saying “of course”.

He went further to explain that “out of 52 towns in Gwoza, its only three right now that you can freely live within. (that is, Limankara, Gwoza town and Pulka).

“Gwoza town was liberated by our former President Goodluck, one week before election then in 2015 and the new administration liberated Limankara and Pulka so, 49 towns are still empty with nobody apart from the Boko Haram.

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“They are the ones enjoying those areas and you dare not go there”.

In response, the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the idea of “infestation and actually controlling a place” are two different things.

Although he sympathised with Mr Bassa for the loss of his relatives who were Boko Haram commanders, Mr Adesina noted that – “that in itself shows that the government is not taking the situation lying low. It is taking the battle to Boko Haram and it is eliminating those who are behind it”.

He insisted that under the previous administration, insecurity was at an all-time-high and cannot be compared to the current times.

“What we saw as at 2015, was that Boko Haram was sitting on the traditional stools of some emirs.

“The emirs had fled and the Boko Haram members were the ones using the palace and controlling the places, Local Govt Chairmen had fled, they were sitting in the offices, they were collecting taxes and tolls and that is not the situation as at today.

“They are prevalent in certain areas does not mean they are the law,” he said.

Borno Police Confirms Boko Haram Attack In Chibok

 

The Borno State Police command has confirmed an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok Local Government Area.

Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, who confirmed the attack said the force is still gathering facts about the incident which occurred on Thursday evening.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Suspected Telecom Vandals, Human Traffickers In Ekiti

Eyewitnesses also told Channels Television that the suspected insurgents attacked Gatamwarwa ward, riding on motorcycles around 5:00 pm through Askira, shooting sporadically and leaving many villagers scampering for safety.

It is, however, yet to be clear if there were any casualties.

Details later…

One Killed As Boko Haram Raids, Burns Houses In Chibok

Suspected Terrorists Attack Borno Town, Reportedly Cart Away Gun Trucks

One person was killed and many houses burnt on Sunday night when suspected Boko Haram terrorists launched an attack in remote Thlaimakalama village, Borno State.

Thlaimakalama village is barely thirty kilometers away from Chibok Local Government Area.

Local sources disclosed to journalists that no fewer than six houses were burnt, while one person was killed in the attack.

This attack comes barely two months after the insurgents attacked Mifa, also in Chibok, killing the village head.

Boko Haram Attacks Chibok Community In Borno

19 Feared Killed, 40 Houses Razed As Boko Haram Attack Borno Village

 

Suspected members of the Boko Haram Sect have attacked Mife Village, a community in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State.

The attack on the community comes four years a similar attack led to the abduction of over 200 school girls.

The incident which occurred on Monday night claimed the life of the village head Bila Vwa and one other person who is yet to be identified.

According to a statement from the State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, the terrorists numbering about 50, invaded Mife village, in Chibok LGA  and killed two persons.

The statement also adds that over 30 houses were reportedly burnt and about 40 bicycles carted away by the hoodlums.

However, normalcy has been restored in the area while investigations into the incident are ongoing.

Police Arrest Eight Suspected Kidnappers Of Chibok Schoolgirls

suspected kidnappers paraded by the men of the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response team in Borno

 

Eight persons suspected to have taken part in the kidnap of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Borno state have been paraded by the Nigerian Police in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The eight suspected Boko Haram terrorists who are among 22 persons paraded, were said to have been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team (IGP’s IRT) in Borno, Adamawa and other adjoining communities.

The suspects are alleged to have masterminded over 50 suicide bomb attacks within Maiduguri and Adamawa.

They (suspects) also launched several other attacks leading to the death of thousands of Nigerians.

The students of the Government Girls Secondary school in Chibok were captured by the members of the terrorist group on April 14, 2014, an incident that triggered international outrage and campaign for the rescue of the schoolgirls.

So far, 112 of the girls have regained their freedom, mainly following negotiations between the Federal Government and representatives of the terrorist group.

Review: Buhari’s Declaration Sparks Mixed Reactions, Chibok Girls Remembered, Others

 

April 9 -15 In Review

It was a week of mixed reactions for Nigerians as they woke up to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of his intention to seek a second term in office.

And of course, the opposition party, PDP in its reaction referred to the declaration as a ‘Desperate and a mere show of interest’.

It was also a sad day for some, as Nigerians remembered the Chibok schoolgirls, four years after their abduction.

Buhari’s Declaration 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday declared his intention to run for the second term after months of speculation.

The President said this at a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership.

Buhari’s decision to officially declare the intention to run for the second term follows various speculations. Many APC governors had however endorsed him for the second term.

Mixed Reactions Trail Buhari’s Declaration

Nigerians reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of the intention to seek re-election.

They took to Twitter to voice their reaction to the President’s declaration. While some were excited by the news, others expressed disapproval.

Some Nigerians in their reaction were of the opinion that Nigeria deserves a younger president, noting that President Buhari deserves to ‘rest’.

Buhari’s Declaration Mere Show Of Interest – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the declaration of intention made by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek a second term in office as a mere show of interest.

The PDP also referred to the President’s declaration as internal affairs by the party.

According to the PDP, “President Buhari has been placed among the ranks of aspirants seeking to be the President of the Federal Republic, effective May 29, 2019.

“Until he becomes the candidate of the APC, we will not spend precious time on his mere show of interest”.

Why Buhari Deserves To Be Re-elected In 2019 – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has explained why Nigerians should re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Speaking during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, believes re-electing the President is in the interest of the nation.

According to him, “I think the framers of our constitution know that four years cannot be enough to achieve the full realisation of all that government tries to achieve,” he said. “I think it is in the interest of Nigeria that we allow the work that has started in the last four years to continue.”

Mr Abdullahi said the President’s declaration did not come as a surprise as many party leaders and members across the country have been appealing to him to make his intention known.

Still On Alleged Looters’ List

The Federal Government says it will not be intimidated by any person(s) or group(s) to stop revealing the names of those who allegedly looted the nation’s treasury.

Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, said this in Kwara State during a condolence visit to the state government over the recent bank robbery in Offa.

He told reporters in the state on Sunday that the government would release another batch of alleged looters’ list soon and was not bothered by any litigation threat whatsoever.

“We want to make it clear that no amount of intimidation from any side will prevent the government from releasing the next batch of looters’ list,” Mohammed stated.

“Honestly, what you have seen so far is the tip of the iceberg. When the next list comes out, you will see that many people that you did not suspect also partook in this national looting,” he added.

Buhari’s Re-election, A Desperate Move?

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, claiming he made a ‘desperate’ declaration to seek re-election in 2019.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, criticised the President’s declaration during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

“In our political history, particularly in the modern political history since 1999 till date, President Muhammadu Buhari is the first incumbent president that will declare a second-term interest one clear year ahead of the election.”

He purported that the President declaring his intention to seek a re-election at this time would have an effect on the nation, stressing that Nigeria does not have a system that can run on its own if its president is campaigning.

Abaribe Questions Buhari’s Competence

Some members of the Senate were in disagreement on Thursday after Senator Enyinaya Abaribe questioned the competence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the security situation in the country.

Senator Abaribe is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the lawmaker representing Abia Central at the National Assembly in Abuja.

Speaking on the floor of the Red Chamber, the lawmaker was concerned over the comments made by President Buhari recently in London, that the killer herdsmen were allegedly trained and armed by the late Former President of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi.

Abaribe said the President was “implying that these people doing these killings in Nigeria are invaders from outside Nigeria.”

“When a Commander-in-Chief cannot take care of invaders invading Nigeria, why is he still a Commander-in-Chief; Why do we still continue to indulge this president that, everywhere, goes along to tell everyone outside this country that he is totally incompetent? He questioned.

Danjuma’s Claim: Military Sets Up Investigative Committee

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has set up a committee to investigate claims of the Army’s complicity in the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Taraba State.

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) last month accused the Nigerian Armed Forces of complicity in the killings in Taraba, Benue and other “riverine states” in the country. Speaking during Taraba State University convocation, he alleged that the military was not neutral and was covering those behind the attacks.

General Buratai while setting up the committee on Monday said it was necessary to clear the reputation of the Nigerian Army, adding that such allegation cannot be ignored.

“Statements of this nature could damage the reputation of the armed forces of Nigeria and thus cannot be ignored if the Nigerians Army will continue to earn the trust of the Nigerian populace.

“Thus, it became imperative for the Nigerian Army to set up this panel to confirm the veracity or otherwise of these allegations, the need for the Nigerian army to get it very clear and to get its name out of these unnecessary allegations,” he said.

Buhari Writes Senate, Seeks Confirmation Of 26 New Nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate seeking approval for 26 nominees.

In the separate letters, President Buhari is requesting confirmation of one National Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), two non-legal practitioner members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission and 23 other members of the National Population Commission (NPC).

In the first letter, the President is requesting the confirmation of Barrister Festus Okoye as National Commissioner of INEC and Abba Ali (Katsina-North west) and Mohammed Sagir (Niger-North central) as Non-Legal Practitioner Members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

President Buhari in the second letter also forwarded the names of twenty-three nominees for appointment as members of the National Population Commission.

Returned Abacha Loot: Adeosun Denies Controversy

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has denied controversy surrounding the repatriated funds looted by the late former military Head of State, General Sanni Abacha.

Reports had emerged that the minister allegedly wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, blocking the payment of $16.9million fees to lawyers for the repatriation of the funds.

In her reaction on her personal Twitter handle, Adeosun said, “Let me make this clear: the media reports claiming that I wrote to the President regarding the Abacha refunds are all false and should be disregarded. There is no controversy whatsoever regarding the recovery.”

Similarly, in the statement, the minister insisted that there was no time she wrote a “strongly-worded letter to the President” or any member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), objecting to the payment of fees to two lawyers for the recovery of Abacha funds.

The minister also denied claims of controversy surrounding the Abacha recovery, disclosing that the sum of US$322,515,931.83 was received into a Special Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria on December 18, 2017, from the Swiss Government.

Fayemi Joins Ekiti Governorship Race

Minister for Solid Minerals, Mr Kayode Fayemi, has officially declared his intention to join the 2018 governorship race ahead of the Ekiti State polls.

He publicly announced his ambition on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital promising to restore the ‘Land of Honour’ to its former glory.

“We are on the march again. We are not on the march again simply because we want to be addressed as His Excellency. We not on the march again simply because of a position,” he said.

“We are not on the march again because of a title. We are on a march again as a duty to our people. We are on a march again because we must conquer poverty.”

Are Chibok Girls Forgotten? 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the remaining Chibok girls in Boko Haram captivity will not be forgotten as long as he remains Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces.

The President’s comments come a day to the fourth anniversary of the abduction of the girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.

In a series of tweets, the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said President Buhari assured the parents of the girls that “their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate”.

“Don’t imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost course,” he quoted the President, who is in London, as saying.

The President encouraged the parents to keep their hopes alive, noting that the recovery of more than a 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government’s determined effort should give confidence that all “hope is not lost”.

Nigeria Remembers Chibok Abduction Four Years Later

April 14, 2014, marked four years since the Boko Haram group abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the  Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

Their abduction drew international attention to the activities of the armed group, with several world leaders including former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, as well as the wife of the then U.S. President, Michelle Obama,  former United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, calling for the girls’ release.

Since then, 107 girls have either been found, released or escaped.

Four years on, 112 girls are still being held by the group as campaigners for their freedom continue to press the Federal Government for their release.

South Africa Lays ‘Mama’ Winnie Mandela To Rest

South Africa on Saturday laid to rest anti-apartheid icon and Nelson Mandela’s former wife Winnie Mandela with full state honours at a stadium funeral in Soweto.

Tens of thousands of mourners burst into loud cheers as the casket carrying her remains was wheeled into the stadium, less than two kilometres from her home.

The casket draped with the multi-coloured South African flag was placed in the middle of the 37,500-seater stadium in front of a stage, decked in white and yellow flowers.

Mourners dressed in the colours of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), as well those of the radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), sang “there’s no-one like Winnie”, an adapted popular liberation struggle song.

The ceremony concludes 10 days of national mourning during which time thousands of South Africans have paid tribute to the “Mother of the Nation” at her Soweto home and elsewhere.

 

 

 

Chibok Parents Demand Release Of Abducted Schoolgirls

 

Parents of the abducted Chibok school girls are demanding for the release of their daughters and all other women and girls in captivity.

They made the appeal in a special ceremony they organised to commemorate the fourth year of their daughters’ captivity.

The women took their numbers on Saturday morning in a procession around the school where the girls were abducted four years ago.

The schoolgirls were abducted on April 14, 2014, from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

Chairman of the Chibok Parents Association, Yakubu Nkeki appealed to the government to facilitate the fast release of the remaining girls in captivity.

He asked the FG to help in rescuing the remaining Chibok girls the same way their own daughters were rescued.

Some of the parents that have their daughters rescued commended the government for their support in their release.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the remaining Chibok girls in Boko Haram captivity will not be forgotten as long as he remains Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces.

The President encouraged the parents to keep their hopes alive, noting that the recovery of more than a 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government’s determined effort should give confidence that all “hope is not lost”.

He added that the government remained focused and determined to see the girls return to their homes.

Since the abduction of the schoolgirls, the school has remained shut and desolate while the old buildings torched by the insurgents have all been demolished and new structures have sprung up.

Chibok Parents Mark 4th Anniversary Of Schoolgirls Abduction

 

Parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls are marking the 4th anniversary of their abduction.

The parents and the community at large have called on the Federal Government to help in the release of the remaining girls.

This comes exactly four years after over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

Chibok Parents Mark Four Years After Abduction Of Schoolgirls

 

In commemoration of the Chibok abduction anniversary, parents of the abducted schoolgirls and the community at large have called on the Federal Government to help in the release of the remaining girls.

This comes exactly four years after over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

The abduction of the girls over time has become a  headline globally, as the challenges of the girl child in her quest to get an education also came to the fore.

About 112 girls are still held in captivity by the Boko Haram sect while 107 girls have either been released, found or escaped.

Groups, parents of the chibok girls are using this occasion to call for the immediate release of the girls, also not forgetting the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu who is also still held in captivity by the Boko Haram.

The schoolgirls were abducted on April 14, 2014, by the Boko Haram.

 

 

Nigerians Call For Release Of Chibok Girls As Dapchi Girls Return  

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FILE PHOTO: Video of schoolgirls kidnapped from the Chibok Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents.

 

Nigerians on Wednesday took to social media to call for the release of schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno State after 110 abducted Dapchi schoolgirls were returned.

The Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from a Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi town, Yobe State in February 2018.

READ ALSO: Abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls ‘Return’

They were however released on Wednesday, March 21 when the insurgents reportedly dropped them off in Dapchi community.

The news of the release of Dapchi schoolgirls have sparked various reactions. Some of the reaction is that the Federal Government should channel same efforts to secure the release of Chibok schoolgirls.

Over 200 Chibok schoolgirls were abducted from the Chibok Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014. While the insurgents have released video showing the girls in their custody and some of them released, over 100 of the students are yet to be released.

‘Thank God, but what of Chibok Girls.’

That was one of the tweets by some Nigerians who took to social media on Wednesday.

See more tweets below…