Parents Implicate Vice Principal, Teachers in Chibok Girls Kidnap (DETAILS)

Parents Implicate Vice Principal, Teachers in Chibok Girls Kidnap (DETAILS)

By Seyi Peters | Staff Reporter on April 24, 2015
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Chibok Girls Boko Haram
Screenshot of video released by Boko Haram showing some of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls

The Chibok high school girls are still missing. Parents of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted a year ago in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok have suggested that the vice principal (academic) of the school where the teenage girls were kidnapped was complicit in their kidnap.

According to reports, parents of the kidnapped girls claimed that the vice principal made their daughters vulnerable to Boko Haram kidnappers.

A mother of one of the abducted girls, Mariam Abubakar, stated that Vice Principal Yerima Banjiri  told the school girls that any one of them who failed to sleep in the school the night of the abduction would be expelled as a student of Government Girls Secondary School Chibok.

She reportedly said, “A week before their abductions, Mallam Yerima threatened the students not to leave for their various homes. He said that whoever went home should forget she was ever a student at the school. He told the girls that none of them should go home, that they must sleep in the school.

“However, none of the teachers’ daughters or even the daughters of the management staff was among those kidnapped. Only the children of we poor people were asked to sleep in the school. The [teachers and administrators] had kept their children in safer places before Boko Haram arrived.”

The mother accused the vice president and possibly other staff of conniving with Boko Haram. “Our concern is that since the day of [the girls’] abduction, we have never set our eyes on Mallam Yerima. He is on the run,” Ms Abubakar said.

One of  the fathers of one of the abducted girl also criticized what he described as the Federal Government’s approach of levity in dealing with the abduction. “We have lost confidence in the Nigerian government’s, reaction to our missing children. Nobody asked any questions of the teachers. In fact they are moving free in cities. Why has the government not investigated any of the teachers‎?,” he asked.

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