Chibok school remains shut five years after mass abduction

Adelani Adepegba , Abuja
Over five years after the abduction of 219 schoolgirls and the torching of the school, the Government Girls Secondary School , Chibok , is still under lock and key .
It was learnt that the pupils now receive lessons at a primary school nearby .
Boko Haram insurgents had on April 14 , 2014 stormed the school dormitory and forcefully abducted over 200 girls , but 57 of the girls escaped and found their way back home .
The Federal Government subsequently negotiated with the abductors and freed over 100 girls , leaving 112 others in captivity for the past 1 ,998 days .
A member of the Kibaku Area Development Association in Abuja , Dr . Manasseh Allen, on Wednesday , bemoaned the failure of the Federal Government to rescue the remaining 112 girls in Boko Haram captivity , almost 2 , 000 days after the insurgents stormed their dormitories and forcefully took them away .
Allen noted that the government had not offered any form of succour to the parents of the missing girls or the community as a whole , adding that over 21 Chibok parents had died as a result of trauma .
He said, “ Aside the presence of a military brigade in Chibok , which has been doing its best to protect the people , the government has not done anything either directly for the parents or the people .
“ The school has neither been completed nor put into operation . It is part of the primary school that the pupils are now using. They go there in the afternoon after the primary school pupils had closed .
“ If the government was serious about changing the lives of the people , the school would have been completed as a way of countering extremism . The Federal Government should have been able to build the school to international standard , furnish it in such a way as to send a strong signal to the terrorists that they cannot cow us.”
Allen said the government could not negotiate the release of the remaining 112 girls , stressing that the release of the first batch of 100 girls was achieved through negotiation by the Department of State Services .
He added , “ None of the girls was rescued through military operations . We know that even if not all , most of them are still alive . If the government is serious about securing their release , it can get them alive .

“ We still believe that most of the girls are alive and they want to come home . Those that were married by the insurgents are running away from the bush and coming back to civilisation . We are confident that those that were forcefully taken away will look for a way to return to their loved ones .”
The Chibok indigene said many people had fled their communities in the Chibok Local Government Areas , following the spate of attacks by the insurgents .
“ I have lost count of the attacks, but they ( Boko Haram ) have attacked Gatamarwa more than five times , Flemagalama more than five times , and other communities . The attacks are so many that we don ’t bother counting . As a result of this , many people have abandoned their farmlands and this has affected food production in the area , ” Allen said .

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