Over 3,000 Females Missing in North-East

By John Chuks Azu

The Non-violent Peace Initiative (NPI) has said it documented over 3000 missing women and girls in the North-east since the upsurge of Boko Haram insurgency.


The coordinator of the non-governmental organisation, Malam Sahanu Mohammed Idris, disclosed this Wednesday during a visit to the Abuja headquarters of Media Trust Ltd, publishers of the Daily Trust titles.

Idris said some of the missing persons were abducted at the start of the insurgency from high schools offering both Islamic and Western education, women teachers’ and Arab teachers’ colleges.

He said at some point, locals counted 10 buses loaded with young girls disappearing without trace.

He said the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners, who had mounted protests for the rescue of 219 girls abducted from their school in Chibok should seek other means of advising the government to facilitate the rescue of the missing girls.

“I heard the Chief of Army Staff two weeks ago in Kaduna when he said 20, 000 persons were rescued. At least this government is taking necessary actions to rescue the girls,” he said.

“So my advice to them is to look for ways to advise the government, not by going on the streets as if they were fighting the government,” he added.

While highlighting the devastation of the insurgency, he pleaded for more media attention on the food shortages in the IDP camps, skills acquisition and rehabilitation of survivors.

Source: allafrica.com

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