AP Report Says Two of the Abducted Girls Have Died from Snake Bites, 20 of Them Sick
A report by the Associated Press quotes a Boko Haram intermediary who claims that two of the girls abducted from a secondary school in Chibok have died from snakebite.
A similar report by a UK Based news organisation, Channel 4 News, had stated few days ago that three of the teenaged captives have died, while Eighteen others, they say, are now sick.
It is not immediately clear if this report by the AFP is the same as the earlier report by Channel 4. Though the AP says two of the girls have died and 20 sick, while the Channel 4 report say three of the girls died and 18 sick.
Whichever of the report is to be believed, it will no doubt come as a blow to the millions of Nigerians and people from around who have joined the #BringBackTheBook movement, demanding for the release of the girls in good condition.
President Goodluck Jonathan had yesterday, during a televised media chat, stated that there has been no report of loss of lives, despite admitting that his government does not have a clue on the location of the girls.
That notwithstanding, the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau released a new video claiming responsibility for their kidnap and vowing to sell the girls off, just as a member of the sect also told the Associated Press that two of the girls have now died due to snakebite, while 20 others are ill.
The Boko Haram member further said that the sect was ready to negotiate ransoms for the girls. The man, who claimed to be an Islamic scholar, also said that the Christians among the girls have been forced to convert to Islam.
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