- A recent report states that not one out of the 21 released Chibok schoolgirls was assaulted by Boko Haram insurgents
- There are speculative reports about the state of the freed captives, which is creating stumbling blocks to further talks with Boko Haram
A recent report states that not one out of the 21 released Chibok schoolgirls was assaulted during the two years they spent in Boko Haram captivity.
Quoting a source close to negotiations to free the remaining of those abducted in April 2014, NAN dismissed reports that the only girl who came back with a child was impregnated by an insurgent.
The source said: “The girl and her parents have confirmed this. The child is not a Boko Haram Child. None of the girls released was sexually harassed or abused while in captivity by their abductors.
“The current state of the girls is a source of joy as they are receiving the best medical, psychological and other forms of support from the authorities as directed by the federal government.
“All groups including the families, The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) and Chibok Community are happy with their condition as medical experts work to address their health conditions.
“The girls have been visited by members of International Committee of the Red Cross, which played a great role in getting the girls freed. It is obvious to everyone that having been in captivity, the girls were traumatised but since their release, they are showing signs of recovery.”
There are speculative reports about the state of the freed captives, which is creating stumbling blocks to further talks with the insurgents.
The insurgents were said to be angry with government for breaching some understanding reached with them when the Chibok girls were released.
In another development, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised the Federal Government to involve experienced clerics to assist in counselling the girls.
Speaking for the association, the Niger state chapter chairman, Mathias Echioda said that the call became necessary to help rebuild morals and lives of the affected girls.
Recall that the 21 Chibok girls who were kidnapped by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group were released on Thursday, October 13.
More than 200 girls were abducted from their schools in Borno state in 2014 by the terrorists and while some of them have reportedly died, the rest have been held by the dreaded group.