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Boko Haram frees 4 Chibok girls abducted in January

Boko Haram members suspected to be loyal to ISWAP group who invaded Kautikari village of Chibok Local Government Area in Borno state have freed four girls hitherto abducted on Friday 14th January, 2022, relevant sources have said.

Recall that during that incident, about nine residents of Kautikari village were abducted, before they released about two old women and some children, Unfortunately, the four young ladies were taken to Dille village axis of nearby Askira Uba Local Government Area that shares Local border with Sambisa forest

During that attack, a church and some residential houses including that of a renowned businessman (name withheld) were all set ablaze before snatching a cell phone belonging to his wife.

Meanwhile, the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA), on behalf of the entire Chibok Community, on Saturday in Abuja, indicated that 110 of the 276 girls abducted in April, 2014, are still unaccounted for.

This indication was given in Abuja on Saturday by the President of KADA, Dauda lliya, at a press conference.

Iliya said of the 276 girls abducted, 57 escaped from their abductors.

He added that parents and the community have continued to be subjected to persistent and sustained attacks, killings, abductions, maiming, arson and other myriads of criminality without adequate government protection.

“Chibok has been for all intents and purposes abandoned to its own devices by all layers of government in Nigeria.

“Right from late 2012 up to this time, the statistics of the state of damage and destruction of lives and property inflicted on the Community presents a worrisome and pathetic picture,” he lamented.

Iliya said over 72 persons have been killed, and over 407 persons abducted, houses, business premises, and churches burnt, while over 20 vehicles were stolen and many grains barns burnt or destroyed.

“From late 2018 to date, the frequency of attacks and level of destruction have escalated and are simply alarming.

“Just this year (2022) alone, Kautikari (second largest town in Chibok area) was attacked on January 14 with five girls abducted, three persons killed, many houses and churches burnt.

“In sustaining their carnage, Piyemi, another big town in Chibok area, was attacked on January 20 with 19 persons mostly girls abducted and one person, the Vigilante leader, beheaded,” he stated.

Iliya called on the Federal Government for support, saying in a press release, themed “Echoes from Chibok: rescue us from total annihilation by the Boko Haram’, that “Government should seek for support to synergize with our security forces in confronting this menace so as to end the sustained carnage on our people.

“By so doing, we expect our remaining 110 daughters abducted in 2014 and numerous others subsequently abducted at different times to be brought back to us.

“We appeal to the Federal Government to immediately set up Internally Displaced Persons Camps in Chibok town and provide Chibok with skills acquisition centre so as to avoid imminent hunger/starvation in Chibok.

“We request the Federal government to order deployment of more military personnel and better arms to Chibok to halt the continuous attacks on the community.

“We also appeal to our action Governor to do more in organizing and helping our people in securing our state in general and Chibok in particular,” Iliya stated.

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