Frequently Asked Questions

Where did the Chibok Girls abduction happen?

The abduction took place at Government Secondary School, Chibok, in the  Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria. The school was formerly called Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.

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When were the Chibok girls kidnapped?

The kidnap happened on April 14th, 2014 around 11:45pm.

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How did the kidnap happen?

Several gunmen stormed Government Secondary School, Chibok on the pretence that they had information that the school was going to be attacked by insurgents. They claimed to be there to provide help by ferrying them to a safe location. Some of the insurgents were reportedly in army camouflage and so it was easy to get the girls into the vehicles they came in. The school buildings were razed afterwards.

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Has Boko Haram claimed any responsibility for the abductions?

A video reportedly made available by the Boko Haram terrorist group on 5th May, 2014 had its leader, Abubakar Shekau claiming responsibility for the abduction with threats to marry off the girls.

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What’s the population of Chibok Secondary School?

The school reportedly has a population of 1,610 with 530 registered for the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the terminal Senior School Certificate Examination administered by the National Examination Council.

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How many girls were kidnapped?

The Police and SSS have put the total figure at 276 as against 234.

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How many girls have been found?

57 girls have escaped from the terrorists so far.

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How many girls are still missing?

219 girls are still missing

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Why did it take long to know the exact number of girls kidnapped?

Given the security situation in the state, students from neighbouring schools in Izge, Lassa, Ashigashiya and Warabe all in Borno were redeployed to write their exams at Chibok. It took reconnaissance from the schools, parents and community members to finally arrive at the number of girls kidnapped.

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Has the names of the students been published?

No list has been officially published by the government. However, a Christian group affiliated to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Northern States Christian and Elders Forum published a list of 180 girls. The list included names of Christian and Muslim girls believed to have been captured by Boko Haram.

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How did the 57 girls that secured their freedom escape?

Most of them escaped in to the bush at night following a breakdown of the vehicle conveying them.

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Has the president made any official statement on the abduction?

Yes, he has. The President’s first official statement was during the presidential media chat on Sunday 4th May, during which he promised to do all he can to secure their release.

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Where are the girls presently?

No one knows for sure, but there are reports that some of them may have been moved to neighbouring Chad, Cameroun and Niger Republic.

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Where can I read more about the discussions around the abduction and efforts to ensure the girls are rescued?

Head to twitter and search for the hashtag – #BringBackOurGirls

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I have seen several display pictures with the BringBackOurGirls Hashtag and different girls, are they one of the kidnapped girls?

No, those are only models who symbolize the purpose of the campaign.

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4 comments on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Micah Luxen says:

    Good day,
    I’m looking to do an update for BBC News on what countries have done to help Bring Back Our Girls (for example, what has South Africa, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana promised/delivered?). Is the work of other governments toward Bring Back Our Girls something your organization tracks?

    Thank you,
    Micah Luxen

  2. Annalee says:

    My name is Annalee, and I host a Prayer and News Update blog for the Chibok girls and the Boko Haram insurgency, in general (the web address is: I am working on a blogpost that will list as many of the Chibok schoolgirls’ names as possible, so that readers may pray to Jesus for each individual girl, and share their news with others.

    My question is, does your organization have the names of every Chibok girl? I know that the CAN published a list of 178 missing Chibok girls, and I have written down the names of 60 of the Chibok girls on the picture found here:

    But, if you have the full list of the missing Chibok girls’ names, I would love to use it for personal prayer purposes, as well as to put on the blog I mentioned. You can send it via email to [email protected].

    Thank you so much for your time!

    All for Jesus’ Glory,

  3. Judy Counihan says:

    I am an MSc Human Rights student at the London School of Economics. I would like to interview someone from your organisation about the campaign to locate and return the kidnapped girls. Specifically I would like to ascertain the levels of activism, participation and collaboration within civil society to pressure the Government, International agencies and regional partners to make this a focus for action. What has worked ? What has been most effective? I would welcome an opportunity to discuss this with you at some length.

  4. ajayi oluwamuyiwa says:

    please how can I download Pastor tunde bakare’s address at 4th anniversary of bbog held in Abuja last week?

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