From Chibok to Jangebe: 6 times terrorists, criminals have abducted Nigerian students in 7 years

From Chibok to Jangebe: 6 times terrorists, criminals have abducted Nigerian students in 7 years

On the night of Monday, April 14, 2014, Nigeria opened a disastrous chapter in the history of insecurity that has been plaguing it for years: mass students abduction.

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After years of bombings, the Boko Haram terrorist group decided to try their hands in mass students abduction, and they did it successfully in Chibok town in Borno state.

Seven years down the line, Nigerians have had to witness at least six mass abductions, each time generating various hashtags on social media to prevail on the government to secure the release of the innocent children.

1. The unprecedented Chibok schoolgirls abduction (April 2014)

The sleepy town of Chibok on Monday, April 14, 2014, witnessed its perhaps the most traumatic experience when Boko Haram terrorists invaded Government Girls Secondary School in the town and abducted about 276 girls.

The traumatic experience birthed the #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media and sparked global outrage.

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From Chibok to Jangebe: 6 times terrorists, criminals have abducted Nigerian schoolchildren in 7 years
President Buhari (Rear C) poses for a photo with the relatives of abducted Chibok girls after 82 of them were released in 2017. Photo credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Anadolu Agency
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While the global outrage in part put pressure on the government which in turn led to the release of some of the girls through negotiations, it also inadvertently give the terrorists some boldness and international recognition.

Seven years, more than a hundred of the "Chibok girls" are still in the den of the terrorists.

While the government kept promising to secure the release of the remaining girls, another abduction happened, this time in Dapchi, Yobe state.

2. The Dapchi schoolgirls abductions (February 2018)

On the evening of Monday, February 19, the Boko Haram terrorists launched another mass abduction.

They invaded Girls' Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi town, Yobe state, and kidnapped 110 schoolgirls.

From Chibok to Jangebe: 6 times terrorists, criminals have abducted Nigerian students in 7 years
Released Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, Yobe, listen to Buhari as he speaks at Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018. Photo credit: PHILIP OJISUA/AFP
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About five weeks later, the federal government was able to secure the release of the girls. However, five of the girls did not survive the ordeal.

Also, one other girl, Leah Sharibu, is still currently been held for allegedly refusing to renounce her religion, Christianity.

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While #FreeDapchiGirls hashtag has been laid to rest with the release of the students, #FreeLeahSharibu is still active as the terrorists continue to hold on to the innocent girl.

3. The Kankara abductions (December 2020)

Perhaps emboldened by the success of the two abductions carried out by the Boko Haram insurgents, armed bandits in Katsina state launched a daring attack.

The bandits in the evening of Friday, December 11, stormed Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state, and abducted over 300 schoolboys.

From Chibok to Jangebe: 6 times terrorists, criminals have abducted Nigerian students in 7 years
President Buhari addressed the released Kankara students. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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About a week after, with #KankaraBoys trending on social media, the innocent boys were released.

While Governor Bello Masari claimed that no ransom was paid to get the boys released, a report by WSJ stated otherwise.

Whether or not ransom was paid, the successful abduction of the Kankara boys shifted the attention of armed bandits to students kidnapping; three related abductions have since occurred since the Kankara abduction.

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4. The Islamiyya school abduction (December 2020)

On Saturday, December 19, bandits ambushed students of an Islamic school (Islamiyya) who were on celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Maulud Nabiy) and abducted about 84 of them.

The kidnap occurred in Dandume local government area of Katsina. It is probably the least popular among the abductions because the police were able to rescue the children within a very short period.

5: The Kagara abductions (February 2021)

On Wednesday, February 17, the armed bandits turned their attention to Kagara town in Niger state where they kidnapped about 42 persons, including 27 schoolboys.

While President Buhari has insisted his administration will not pay any ransom or grant amnesty to the bandits, the criminals have also insisted they won't release the victims until they are paid a ransom.

From Chibok to Jangebe: 6 times terrorists, criminals have abducted Nigerian students in 7 years
People walk past a signpost of the Government Science College where gunmen kidnapped dozens of students and staffs, in Kagara, Rafi LGA. Photo credit: Kola Sulaimon /AFP
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While Nigerians are impatiently waiting for the release of the Kagara students and others, the bandits struck again in Zamfara.

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6: The Jangebe abductions (February 2021)

In the early hours of Friday, February 26, armed bandits invaded the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara state, and kidnapped some students

Some reports have put the number of the abducted school girls at over 300.

From Chibok to Jangebe: 6 times terrorists, criminals have abducted Nigerian students in 7 years
This photograph taken on February 26, 2021 shows school uniforms displayed inside the deserted school dormitory, where over 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped at Jangede. Photo credit: Habibu ILIYASU/AFP
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In the last seven years, over 1,000 Nigerian school children have faced the trauma of abduction by Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits.

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Meanwhile, President Buhari has finally reacted to the abduction of Zamfara school children.

The president said criminals terrorising the country should not think that they are more powerful than the government.

He boasted that Nigeria has the capacity to massively deal with the bandits, adding that the nation's limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields by the criminals.

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Nurudeen Lawal is a journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_

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