Nigeria’s Chibok Town Kidnappings: Claims, questions, and arrests

By Konye Obaji Ori
Posted on Monday, 5 May 2014 12:55

Nearly a month after a mass abduction in northern Nigeria, a cross section of the country now argue that leaders of the ‘march for 276 missing schoolgirls’ protest were members of Boko Haram.

According to reports, Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan ordered the arrest of the protest leaders.

After a meeting with protest leader, Naomi Mutah Nyadar, and Saratu Angus Ndirpaya of Chibok at the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital Abuja, Patience Jonathan asserted that the stories were fabricated and there was no kidnapping.

On Monday morning, State Security Service agents drove the protest leaders to a police station.

The First Lady’s assessments were that the women belonged to Boko Haram, the terrorist network blamed for the abductions.

“The abductions were fabricated to give Nigeria’s government and my husband a bad name,” Patience Jonathan said, according to Ndirpaya who was released.

Nyadar remains in detention.

Conversely, Jonathan acknowledged that officials don’t know where the girls are, and criticised the girls’ parents for not co-operating fully with police.

“Wherever these girls are, we’ll get them out,” President Goodluck Jonathan said on Sunday.

“What we request is maximum cooperation from the guardians and the parents of these girls.

“Because up to this time, they have not been able to come clearly, to give the police clear identities of the girls that have yet to return,” he added.

Amid rising international pressure, Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday affirmed his government was taking steps to rescue the schoolgirls abducted by militants.

Police say more than 300 were abducted April 15 from Chibok school and 276 remain in captivity.

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