21 Chibok girls return to sit for their final exams after…

first_imgThe 21 Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram militants in October last year, have been enrolled in a secondary school to sit for their final exams, Daily Trust reports.Some of the 267 school girls were taking their final examinations when gunmen stormed their boarding school in the middle of the night in northeastern Nigeria on 14th April 2014 and kidnapped them.Since the release of the 21 girls to Federal Government after a series of negotiations with the terrorists, Nigerian authorities have been silent on where the girls are being kept in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.The 21 girls have resumed lessons in a school in Abuja to prepare for their senior secondary school examinations three years later according to chairman of the Chibok Girls Parents’ Association, Yakubu Nkenke.Mr. Yakubu Nkenke also said that two other Chibok girlas that were rescued by the Nigerian army are still undergoing rehabilitation at a facility of the Department of State Services (DSS), also in Abuja.“The officials taking care of the girls in Abuja told us that government would sponsor their education after rehabilitating them. We look forward to seeing them back in school,” said Ali Maiyanga, the father of Maryam Maiyanga, one of the Chibok girls rescued by soldiersThe parents of the Chibok girls say that they only saw their daughters once or twice since their release in October last year. A security source told the Daily Trusts that the girls were being shielded from the public and even their parents for security reason.“To prepare them for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and get them properly enrolled in a formal federal government school, we started a 9-month programme, which began in January and will end in September, the beginning of a new school calendar. By then they will be ready for school.” Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, told Daily Trust on SundayBoko Haram insurgents released 21 Chibok girls in 2016 October, in addition to about 57 of the girls who escaped immediately after the kidnap in 2014. Two others were separately rescued by the military during raids on the group’s hideout in the North-East.195 girls are still in captivitylast_img

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