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.
The kidnap happened on April 14th, 2014 around 11:45pm.
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.
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.
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.
The Police and SSS have put the total figure at 276 as against 234.
57 girls have escaped from the terrorists so far.
219 girls are still missing
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.
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.
Most of them escaped in to the bush at night following a breakdown of the vehicle conveying them.
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.
No one knows for sure, but there are reports that some of them may have been moved to neighbouring Chad, Cameroun and Niger Republic.
Head to twitter and search for the hashtag – #BringBackOurGirls
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