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Nigerian Military Reveals How Many Chibok Girls Still In Boko Haram Captivity

Ninety-eight pupils from the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, are still being held captive by Boko Haram, according to the Nigerian military.

This was revealed during a conversation with media on Saturday in Maiduguri by Colonel Obinna Ezuipke, director of the Joint Military Taskforce’s Intelligence Unit in the North East’s Operation Hadinkai.

Recall that on April 14, 2014, Boko Haram militants raided the school in Chibok and abducted 276 students, causing anger throughout the nation.

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Ezuipke asserts that a total of 178 girls have escaped captivity in the past eight years, highlighting the fact that 57 females did so in 2014 and 107 were freed by rebels in 2018.

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He said, “Out of the 276 abducted Chibok girls, 57 girls escaped in 2014 while 107 girls were released in 2018. Three girls were recovered in 2019, two in 2021 and 9 were rescued in 2022, bringing the total of 178 girls out of captivity and 98 remaining in Boko Haram captivity.”

Speaking on the operations of Operation Hadinkai’s forces in August 2022, Ezuipke said that a total of 43 terrorists were neutralized while 24 others were captured.

He emphasized that during the operations, several weapons were recovered, including 129 AK-47 rifles, 1,515 rounds of ammo, 16 FN rifles, 3 MG, and 17 grenades, among others. Over 100 terrorists were also killed in September 2022, he said.

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According to Ezuipke, the military documented 26 terrorist strikes during which two troops were killed and 9 others suffered various degrees of injuries.

The military officer also mentioned that there were 982 ambushes and a total of 2726 patrols against the terrorists.

In response to inquiries about the detention of Boko Haram logistical providers, Ezuipke further disclosed that 113 individuals who have provided the terrorist group with food, fertilizer, and other supplies since June 2022 have been detained.

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In addition to destroying the terrorists’ homes and hideouts, he pointed out that the army had also saved a lot of women and children.

 

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