Chibok Update: 77 Girls So Far Identified from Boko Haram Video, More Expected
After the initial confirmation by the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima that 54 girls shown in the latest Boko Haram Video has been identified by names by their parents, another 23 girls in the video has been identified by their parents bringing the total so far identified to 77.
Governor, Kashim Shettima had ordered mass production of the video to be shown to the parents of the abducted girls for identification, following release of the video by leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau showing scores of the girls wearing hijabs and reciting the Holy Q’uran.
Shettima said the figures of those identified by their names were rising as the exercise went on at the Government House in Maiduguri as he was briefed every 30 minutes. Initially, while he was addressing the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners at the Borno State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, 36 names had been identified but before his press briefing an hour later, the number had risen to 54, which he informed journalists.
He said: “Fifty-four (names of other 23 girls were released later) of the girls in the video have been identified by their names at an exercise that involved some parents of the girls, fellow students that included escapees from abduction, some teachers, security men and some officials of the Borno State Government led by the Chief of Staff to the Government House, Abubakar Kyari. The parents and students were conveyed to the Government House in Maiduguri for an open identification exercise.”
After the identification exercises, which Governor Shettima said, yesterday, was on-going, he confirmed that 77 of the girls have been identified in the video. Addressing the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners at the Borno State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, where he released the names of the girls, he announced that he would not relent in the efforts to rescue the girls until they were all safely re-united with their respective families.
According to him, the process of identification was still on-going and, therefore, expressed optimism that more of the abducted students could be identified.
The disclosure gave credence to claims that Boko Haram had been abducting both girls and women in the areas attacked by the sect in the last four years before the Chibok incident that gave rise to international outcry, probably due to the large number involved.
The names are currently being cross-checked with school records as well as names published some days back to ensure accuracy. The exercise continues at Government House and it is hoped that more names will be established by parents, students and teachers as well as management of the affected school.
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