Nine years after Boko Haram abducted 276 students from a girls’ school in Chibok, Amnesty International is not impressed that 98 girls are still being held by Boko Haram.
Amnesty International posits that this development reveals the utter failure of the Nigerian authorities to learn from the heartbreak of Chibok and, ultimately, to protect children.
Isa Sanusi, Acting Director of Amnesty International Nigeria says parents of the 98 Chibok school girls who are still being held by Boko Haram — as well as other children abducted by gunmen — are living in anguish, knowing that their children are in the hands of ruthless individuals who subject their loved ones to chilling brutalities.
“It is beyond time that the Nigerian authorities took meaningful action to counter armed groups like Boko Haram and gunmen. Nigeria has an obligation to implement safeguards to protect all children, and the lack of accountability for these callous crimes is fueling impunity. The missing Chibok school girls should be returned home to their families, and all those responsible for committing grave violations must face justice.”
Between December 2020 and March 2021, there have been at least five reported cases of abductions in northern Nigeria, including from schools, at Kankara, Kagara, Jangebe, Damishi Kaduna, Tegina and Yawuri while the threat of further attacks has led to the closure of over 600 schools in the north of the country.