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Takulashe: Boko Haram siege Chibok village, kill 11.

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The over a decade long insurgency has claimed over 36,000 lives with property worth N3.42 trillion lost in the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe since 2009.

Takulashe village of Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria came under Boko Haram attack on Sunday evening with casualty figure of about 11 persons.

The village was attacked at about 10:00pm, an attack which lasted for over three hours before military arrived to repel the attackers, a resident of the village told NRM‘s known Media on Monday evening.

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The insurgents were believed to have made an in-road into the village through the Sambisa Forest, and “Local rescue team are still searching for victims that fled into nearby bushes and farmlands,” Ishaku Musa said

He noted that Takulashe village, is prone to attacks, as the community is located on the fringes of the forest. “The insurgents launched their attacks from forest on motorcycles that maneuvered the footpaths to the farming and herding community.

“Troops have been stationed in Chibok town since the abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls on April 14, 2014 by Boko Haram. But surrounding villages have continued to suffer from attacks, which happens unchallenged as the attackers always perpetrate their evils and leave before the arrival of security operatives,” he added.

The insurgents came with six gun trucks, three other vehicles and some heavy weapons. They also killed some vigilantes who first engaged them and had collected their Hilux vehicle,” another source said.

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According to our source, the head of the vigilante group in Takulashe village immediately called the army brigade. From the information he gave, the army brigade called on the Air Force for air support as soldiers from the 117 battalion under the brigade were mobilized to advance to the area. But the air force could not respond, a situation which led to the insurgent bringing the whole village to ashes.

There was no response from Major General John Enenche, Media Coordinator in the Defence Headquarters on the attack on Chibok village.


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Bring back remaining chibok girls – Group to Buhari

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The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) on Sunday reminded the Federal Government of rescuing the remaining 112 Chibok School girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

MBF also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the destroyed school where the girls were kidnapped from, be completely rebuilt and open for prospective school-age children as the Chibok School is the only secondary school in Chibok LGA.

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram terrorists invaded a school while students were writing their final Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) and abducted 219 school girls.

According to MBF, the girls were rescued in two batches of 21 and 82, while four escaped individually at different times within the six years of their captivity in the terrorists’ den.

MBF said: “The rescued girls, comprising 103 in number, were initially transferred to the Women Development Centre, Abuja, where they underwent Psychosocial Support (PSS) and treatment for Post Stress Traumatic Disorder (PTSD) facilitated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)”.

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A statement in Abuja by the MBF’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr Isuwa Dogo read: “The attention of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has been drawn to the complete neglect of the rescue of the remaining 112 Chibok school girls out of a total number 219 abducted by Boko Haram terrorists while writing their final Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) on April 14, 2014.

“Since May 2017 when they were rescued, rehabilitated and sent to the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, to prepare them to rewrite their SSCE, and proceed to various pre-degree programmes, neither the re-siting of the SSCE nor the pre-degree programme seen the light of day. The inability of the Federal Government and those directly responsible for the welfare and progress of the rescued girls to monitor and evaluate their level of Educational progress have cast a bleak on the future of the girls.

“Consequently, some of the rescued girls got frustrated and abandoned their studies, with some of them even married off. Presently, no fewer than 10 of the girls have since dropped out, and there are fears that more may not return after the easing off of the current COVID-19 lockdown.

A procession of parents of the abducted Chibok Girls, demanding Nigeria’s help in rescuing their children in Abuja

“It is sad that the Presidency which had shown great enthusiasm on the fate of the girls when the sum of $2 million released by the UNFPA under the Safe School Initiatives that was promoted by the UNICEF Education Ambassador and former UK Prime Minister, Mr Gordon Brown, has remained a mirage in salvaging the careers of the rescued girls.

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“Despite advice by the parents of the girls, the Chibok Community and the#BringBackOurGirls advocacy group that the Office of the Vice President be charged with the responsibility of monitoring the education of the kidnapped girls, the Federal Government maintained deaf ears and transferred the matter to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.

“It is ill-fated that the Federal Government abdicated its responsibility in fulfilling its obligations to the girls as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari. More worrisome, the government has refused to allow well-meaning individuals and organizations to come to the aid of the girls. The Forum recalls that both local and international organizations attempted to bring respite and rescue the career of these girls from the dunghill of hopelessness and despair.

“With the support of some local bodies, some of the 57 girls who initially escaped in the first few days of abduction have since completed their degree programmes in various Universities in the United States of America. It is a tragedy of unspeakable proportion that these girls who ought to have attracted the sympathy of the government have been mistreated and left at sixes and sevens. In the face of continued dark clouds of hopelessness hovering over them, we call on President Buhari to intervene and save the academic careers of these girls”.

“The future can only be brightened through the education of citizens. The confusion that has trailed the academic careers of these rescued school girls should be resolved. We call on President Buhari to ensure the safe return of the remaining 112 school girls who are still under the captivity of Boko Haram”.


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Fight with us – Mother of abducted chibok girls ready to fight Boko Haram.


Aggrieved Chibok mothers have sent an open letter to some of the world’s most powerful women over the 112 of their daughters still in the Boko Haram captivity
The letter was signed by Yana Galang, Monica Stover, Hannatu Dauda, Mary Shettima, Ladi Zanna Lawan and Rebecca Samuel, on behalf of other mothers.

It was written on Sunday to commemorate the International Women’s Day 2020.


The parents urged the influential women to further intensify their efforts to ensure the release of the remaining girls.

They said their anguish had become unbearable as they did not know what has happened to the children.


The letter reads in part:

“We seek to stand upon your shoulders, to shine a light on our pain and hopelessness, to bring our plight, which has had no reprieve, before you and every mother, daughter and sister who in one way or another has fought for our daughters and for the girl child.

“On April 14th, 2014, 276 of our daughters were abducted by the Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, in Northeast Nigeria. On the way to Boko Haram’s terror enclave of Sambisa Forest, 57 of the original 276 escaped. Since then, 107 more have made it home as a result of national and international negotiations and Nigerian military/para-military intervention.


“However, today, almost six years after the abduction, 112 of our daughters remain in captivity. Our anguish is unbearable as we do not know what has happened to our children. A day does not go by without us sending up a prayer that perhaps, today, we will be reunited with our daughters.

“Our daughters are the repository of our hope. Our desire to educate them was to empower our community and change our collective lives, and reach beyond the invisible lines that poverty and culture did not allow us to cross. Our dreams are dashed and our hope deferred and the nightmare we live daily has no end.


“We lay our tears at your feet, dear Sisters, and we put our hands in yours to receive strength to rise from the shackles that have imprisoned us and our children.

“We know that as we walk through this storm, you will lift our heads and shine a light on our path knowing that when we collectively illuminate the path, all can see and see clearer too. What affects one, affects all.


“Fight with us, we beg you. Call on the governments of the world not to relent until all our daughters — including Leah Sharibu of Dapchi and every girl, woman and child held captive by Boko Haram is returned home.

The mothers thanked influential women across the globe who have shown concern and add their voice to the advocacy.


“We say your name to show our gratitude: Nancy Pelosi, Melinda Gates, Kate Middleton, Serena Williams, Joyce Banda, Aisha Buhari, Dolapo Osinbajo, Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson, Taraji P. Henson, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Rihanna, Lupita Nyongo, Alicia Keys, Graca Machel.

“Ameena Gurib Fakim, Amina Mohammed, Phumzile Mlambo Ngucka, Michelle Obama, Salma Hayek, Jackson Lee, Hilary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Hathaway, Rene Zellweger, Jada Piinkett Smith, Jennifer Buffett, Isha Sesay, Chimamanda Adichie, and many others.”

Chibok community was recently attacked by Boko Haram.

Meanwhile the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) has also recently expressed worry over the recent upsurge in attacks against aid workers and civilians by Boko Haram/ISWAP.


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Boko Haram: Shekau warns Buhari not to visit borno again

gives updates about abducted chibok girls


Abubakar Shekau, the factional leader of Boko Haram sect, has given a condition under which the remaining Chibok school girls that are being held in captivity, would be released.


In a video released, Shekau said the schoolgirls would be set free if the federal government let go of the sect members currently in detention.

In the video, Shekau warned President Buhari not to return to Borno as his members are fully on ground in the north-east and would attack the president if he ever returns to Borno.

President Buhari was in Borno state on Wednesday February 12th on a condolence visit to the government and people of the state following last Sunday’s attack by the sect members in Aonu community that left over 30 travelers dead while many others were abducted.

Recall that the sects abducted about 276 female students from Chibok girls Secondary School. Over 100 of them are still in Boko Haram captivity while others have been released by the sect.


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Report – United States denied chibok girls of rescue

… influenced Muhammadu Buhari


A mercenary and chairman of a private army, Specialised Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection International, Eeben Barlow, has alleged that the United States influenced the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to terminate the contract to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

Barlow, who sponsored a similar private army, Executive Outcomes, which was shut down in 1998, said Buhari had no choice but to succumb to pressure from the US because his election campaign was sponsored by the American government in 2015.

Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.


While 57 escaped, 107 were released through negotiations. But 112 girls are still being held by the insurgents.

Speaking in an interview with Al Jazeera, Barlow claimed the momentum recorded against Boko Haram by the Goodluck Jonathan government was slowed down by the Buhari regime after the contract awarded to his company was terminated.


Barlow said his army was initially engaged to rescue the girls but that changed to combating Boko Haram, noting that Jonathan saw it as a last gasp opportunity to gain popularity and win the 2015 presidential election.

He said, “Our initial aim was not Boko Haram per se, it was to rescue the Chibok girls. They were the girls that were kidnapped and the Western response was #Savethegirls (#BringBackOurGirls). That type of nonsense does not save girls.


“Unfortunately, these girls became victims of a situation where the security had broken down in a specific area, they were kidnapped and that was the first mission – rescue the Chibok girls.”

To carry out the mission, Barlow said he had to train some Nigerian soldiers to conduct a hostage rescue operation, noting that a strike force was eventually set up to spearhead the mission.


He said, “We ended a selection process of the Nigerian soldiers, the soldiers were retained after a selection process, they were trained in a specific way to conduct a hostage rescue operation.

“The operation was in three phases; the first phase was to cut a dividing line across the North-East and isolate Boko Haram into two isolated areas and mop up. One area in the South was the start and after that then mop up in the North. The division will follow behind and occupy terrain.


“But we were never allowed to execute the entire operation. In one month, we took back terrain larger than the terrain of Belgium from Boko Haram. We were not allowed to finish because it came at a time that governments were in the process of changing.”

He added, “President Jonathan’s government saw the entire Boko Haram contract, if we call it that, as a last-grasp to regain popularity. Buhari was heavily supported by a foreign government and one of the first missions was to terminate our contract.


“We were told it was the US and they had actually funded President Buhari’s campaign and his campaign manager from the US.

“I’m not saying the US is bad, I understand foreign interests but I’d have thought that a threat like Boko Haram on the integrity of Nigeria ought to be a priority but it wasn’t.”

When asked why the US allegedly aborted the mission, he said, “I think the US can answer that, I have come to realise that when a foreign interest clashes with a state’s interest and domestic interest, conflict is bound to ensue and those conflicts continue with no end.”

The US Mission in Nigeria had yet to respond to the allegations by the mercenary as of the time of filing this report. An email sent to the embassy in Abuja on the allegations by Barlow was not replied to.


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