Christians in Nigeria Mark Fourth Anniversary of Chibok Abductions
ICC Note: 276 Chibok girls were abducted four years ago on April 14th. 112 of them are still missing and in the hands of Boko Haram. 166 have been freed so far and Saturday marked the anniversary of kidnapping. 57 of the girls managed to flee two years ago, but there are still many innocent girls that are missing.
04/16/2018 Nigeria (World Watch Monitor) – Saturday 14 April will mark the fourth anniversary of the abduction of 276 girls from a secondary boarding school in Nigeria’s north-eastern town of Chibok.
At least 165 of them were believed to be Christian, according to a list of names and a statement released by the Christian Association of Nigeria weeks after their kidnapping.
The statement, issued by evangelist Matthew Owojaiye, said Chibok is 90 per cent Christian, indicating the mass abduction was a religiously motivated crime.
Some 57 of the 276 girls managed to flee in the first few weeks after their kidnapping. The first to be found was Amina Ali Nkeki, a Christian girl, on 17 May 2016 in the Sambisa Forest.
More than 100 have been either found or freed so far, including a group of 82 girls released in May 2017 in exchange for an undisclosed number of Boko Haram commanders, while 21 others were released in October 2016.
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