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Abducted Chibok girls ‘not freed’

Abducted Chibok girls ‘not freed’
September 23
18:02 2014

Reports that some of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram have been rescued are not true.

Director of defence information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, who earlier confirmed the news to TheCable, has retracted his statement.

Olukolade initially told TheCable that “some of the abducted Chibok girls are already in the barracks”, but he subsequently made an about-face, saying he had confirmed that the girls he referred to were not the abducted Chibok girls.

“Yes, we found out that they are not the same girls. They are different,” he said.


A few hours before the news broke, the national chairman of Chibok Association, Dr Pogu Bitrus, had expressed optimism that the girls would soon be rescued.

Speaking with TheCable on Tuesday, Bitrus disclosed that the Nigerian troops had recorded some success in their effort to rid Sambisa of Boko Haram.

“If you go to Sambisa now, they have cleared parts of that Boko Haram stronghold. The troops have made inroads into places where the girls are,” he said.


“We don’t have confirmation yet about the return of the girls, but we know that they are in two camps close to the border. We believe before the end of the day we will get a confirmation.”



  1. kingson
    kingson September 23, 18:35


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  2. RevCerridwyn
    RevCerridwyn September 23, 18:42

    I will believe this when I see the girls and their families on tv, with the BringBackOurGirls or other group, such as the Red Cross, Red Crescent, or UN agreeing that such has happened and the girls identified.

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  3. vicker
    vicker September 24, 00:42

    i pray for d safety of dis innocent chibok girls

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  4. Gtak
    Gtak September 24, 06:17

    You media guys should be very wary of this Kolade General. The man is always going back and forth on matters that can easily be clarified before he ran riot with his mouth shouting eureka only to come back and reverse himself shamelessly.

    I recall he did same when the Chibok girls were originally kidnapped when he claimed that the bulk of the girls have escaped only to come back and retracted his statement.

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