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18 Apr 2018

Boko Haram: Fresh Details Emerge About Number Of Abducted Chibok Girls Still Alive

A Dubai-based Nigerian journalist who is close to the Boko Haram sect, Ahmad Salkida has recanted his earlier statement about most of the Chibok girls being dead.
Some of released Chibok girls

Ahmad Salkida, a journalist and close ally of the Boko Haram sect has reversed his statement behind the abduction of Chibok girls from Borno State in 2014, on Saturday had revealed that only 15 out of the 113 schoolgirls remaining in Boko Haram captivity were alive.

However, in new tweets, yesterday, Salkida said new information available to him, from two other cells within the sect, indicated that apart from the original 15 he knew were alive, there were 15 other girls still alive.

He wrote: “A leading member of the Jama’atu Ahlis-Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad or BH has now clarified the earlier information about 15 girls.

“Indeed, the 15 #Chibokgirls are available, but known to a particular cell that spoke to me emphatically days leading to the fourth anniversary.

“However, two other cells within the larger group have brought additional information, clarifying the earlier information; that there are another 10 girls available to another cell.

“Outside of the 15 and 10, another 5, amongst the girls, are also alive; as at early hours of today. (yesterday).

“With the new information, the total number of the girls, reportedly, alive are 30.”

Salkida said the objective of his tweets on Saturday was to compel government and Boko Haram to speak but that government was unnecessarily defensive.

“It is most disappointing that the federal government, in its might and given the machinery available to it, peremptorily declared to the public that it lacks institutional memory regarding the processes of the #Chibokgirls,”he added.

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