The Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Leo Irabor, has said during his recent visit to Maiduguri that no freed Chibok girls was in the military’s custody.
Maj. Gen Irabor said this during his visit to Borno State capital, on Sunday along with the other new Service Chiefs, as they paid their first operational visit to the theatre of the war against Insurgency.
Recall that 112 Chibok Girls are believed to still be in the custody of the extremist militant group “Boko Haram”, who invaded a Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, in the late hours of April 14, 2014, where over 276 schoolgirls were abducted and taken away from the hostels.
Recall also that since the coming on board of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, 107 girls have been released or recovered from the captive of this extremist islamic sect, a timeline of their released is as followed; one in May 2016; 21 in October 2016; and 82 in January 2017 – leaving 112 in captivity.
However, there were reports of late that some of the 112 Chibok girls regained freedom but Irabor said no rescued Chibok girl was with the DHQ.
“What we know is that we do not have any of the Chibok girls in our custody. So, if they are not with us, what do you want us to confirm to you? It is like you asking us to go to every home to confirm who and who lives in those homes.
“What I can tell you is that yes, we desire that all of the Chibok girls would receive their liberty and if our operations have helped those ones that have been alleged to have escaped, I think we are glad. We hope to strengthen the efforts that we are putting on in order to free the rest that are behind lines.”
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