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  • Updated: April 13, 2024

Borno government reassures commitment to rescuing Chibok girls 10 years after

Borno government reassures commitment to rescuing Chibok gir

Ten years after the abduction of 276 girls at the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, the Borno State Government has reassured citizens of plans to rescue those still in captivity.

This was disclosed in a press briefing issued by the State Commissioner of Information and Internal Security, Professor Usman A. Tar on Saturday at the NUJ House in Maiduguri, the state capital.

During the press briefing which was in memory of the 10th Anniversary Abduction of the Chibok Girls, the commissioner said: "This painful date is engrained in our collective memory and we shall not rest on our oars until the last of our innocent girls are back home with their families. 

"On this auspicious occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the abduction of Chibok Girls, the Borno State Government identifies and sympathises with all those who are affected by abduction. 

"The Government wishes to inform the public that we shall continue to struggle to salvage our abducted girls on behalf of the parents and relatives of the Chibok girls who are still in captivity.

"The Borno State Government is committed to rescuing and reuniting the remaining Chibok girls and reuniting them with their families. 

"We understand the pain and anguish that the families of those still in captivity are going through, this is our sorrow!"

He explained that out of the 276 abducted girls, 187 of them have been rescued and reunited with their families.

He explained that most of them have either been enrolled in schools or graduated under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs. 

He said: "A number of the girls have been enrolled into local and foreign scholarships or empowerment programmes. 

"Many have since been reunited with their immediate families and are continuing to receive psychosocial support to reconcile them with normal life. 

"Furthermore, 16 recently rescued girls are being rehabilitated by the Borno State Government and attending the 2nd Chance School where they learn skills in various vocations that will provide them with sustainable livelihoods, while their kids are also placed in nursery schools. Four rescued girls have voluntarily decided to return to their parents. 

"We remain hopeful and determined that, with the combined efforts of our security forces, intelligence agencies, and community support, all abducted persons will be safely returned.

"The Borno State Government will not rest until every missing person is found and returned home safely. We call for unity and support from all citizens as we navigate these challenging times together.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the abducted Chibok girls and, indeed, all missing persons. We will continue to stand together during this difficult time."

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