The Defence Headquarters has retracted its
earlier statement confirming the rescue of the
abducted Chibok girls.
The spokesperson for the defence
headquarters, Chris Olukolade, had told
PREMIUM TIMES that a yet unclear number of
the girls had been freed and driven in two
Toyota Hiace buses to the Maimalari
Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division
of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri.
But less than 30 minutes after he spoke to us,
Mr. Olukolade called back to say he was
withdrawing his earlier statement.
He said he had been having difficulty
establishing contact with his colleagues in
Maiduguri and that he was no longer sure that
the girls driven into the barracks were newly
Mr. Olukolade had told this newspaper the girls
had been freed and that the rescue exercise
was still ongoing and that appropriate
statement would be made later.
PREMIUM TIMES has also learnt that the girls
driven into the Maimalari barracks were those
who escaped earlier from the Boko Haram sect.
The over 200 girls, mostly teenagers, were
kidnapped from their secondary school in
Chibok, Borno State, on April 14.
With the military withdrawing its statement, it
now does appear the girls are still in captivity.
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