1 May 2014

Nigeria: Kidnapped Girls - Group Protests in Kano

Some members of civil society organisations, under the aegis of Kano Civil Society Forum, on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest against the abduction of girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno.

At least 230 girls are still missing and are believed to be with the kidnappers, members of the Boko Haram, who abducted them on April 14 in the school dormitory.

The protesters, who wore black clothes, marched from Pounded Yam Restaurant on Lodge Road to Government House, Kano.

The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as "'bring back our girls".

The leader of the group, Amina Hanga, said, "we are not happy that up until now these girls are yet to be rescued or released.

"As mothers and sisters, we feel very disturbed about the situation and hope government will do something urgently about the issue."

She called on the Federal Government to take drastic measures to ensure that the girls were rescued from the insurgents.

"We are calling on the federal government and security agents to bring back our girls and other women in captivity.

"We are disturbed that 16 days after the girls were abducted; there is no positive news from the government concerning their safety or chance of being rescued.

"Worse still is the news coming out that most of the girls have been ferried abroad and allegedly married off to insurgents", she said.

She said the protest would continue until the government was able to rescue the girls.

The protesters later submitted a letter to Governor Rabi'u Kwankwaso for onward delivery to President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Kwankwaso promised to deliver the letter to the President.


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