One of 200 Nigerian teenagers from Chibok, abducted by the radical group Boko Haram, refused to be released in an exchange of prisoners with the Nigerian jihadist group.
One of the 200 Nigerian girls from Chibok, kidnapped by the radical group Boko Haram, refused to be released in an exchange of prisoners with the Nigerian jihadist group, declaring it to be “well” and “married”, the presidency of that African country announced Monday.
The same source, cited by France Press, began by announcing talks with the armed group for weeks to free 83 girls. Now only 82 have been released. According to the Nigerian presidency spokesman, one of the 276 high school students kidnapped in Chibok, northeast of the country, in 2014 “said no”: “I’m fine where I am. I’m married”.
After this release – 21 adolescents were changed in October; 3 were found by the Nigerian army and 57 managed to escape – the Boko Haram keeps captive or under their control 113 girls. The young women now returned “not all of them from the city of Chibok, but also from surrounding villages,” the source said.
Boko Haram, who uses the mass abduction as a recruiting form, has kidnapped tens of thousands of people, which the Nigerian army has been releasing to the rhythm of its raids in territory controlled by the terrorist group.
The persons rescued are then all submitted by the Nigerian Government, or their respective armed forces, to often very long processes of identity verification and degree of sympathy towards Boko Haram. These screening processes sometimes last for several months.
Garba Shehu, a spokeswoman for the Nigerian presidency, said Monday that the girls had not yet been delivered to their families because the authorities needed to guarantee their identities. “The names have been published, but due to the similarity of some names, we prefer to assure ourselves of their identities by showing the photographs to the families,” he explained, according to AFP, the spokesman.
Amnesty International appealed last Sunday to the Nigerian authorities not to extend the time of the traditional military inquiry that seeks to ascertain the degree of connection of the Boko Haram. In early April, UNICEF also reported the detention of hundreds of children by the Nigerian armed forces, who questioned them about Boko Haram and eventual membership of the jihadist group.