13 May 2014

Nigeria: Parents Identify 54 Abducted Chibok School Girls in Boko Haram Video

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Missing Nigerian Girls.

The identification of 54 of the girls throws more controversy on the identity of the remaining 83 of the 136 girls shown in the video.

Some parents and some of the Chibok girls that escaped captivity on Tuesday viewed the video released by the Boko Haram and identified 54 of the girls in the clips.

The Borno State Government subsequently issued a statement to officially confirm the identity of the victims and also publish the names of those identified from the Boko Haram video.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that those that partook in the preview and identification of the teenagers in the video included some parents of the abducted girls and four escapees who were among the dozens that escaped after being kidnapped by the Boko Haram from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14.

The video was previewed in the office of the Chief of Staff, Government House, Abubakar Kari.

The Chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, Maina Lawan, who was among those that reviewed the video, behaved rashly towards journalists who accosted him while stepping out of the governor's office after the preview.

He almost shattered the camera of some journalists for trying to take shots of the crew he brought from his local government for the verification exercise.

The identification of 54 of the girls throws more controversy on the identity of the remaining 83 of the 136 girls shown in the video; as well as the whereabouts of the remainder of the over 200 Chibok school girls believed to still be with the Boko Haram.

In the video, Mr. Shekau had claimed majority of the girls converted to Islam. The 136 girls shown were dressed in the Islamic hijab and reciting Quranic verses.

Mr. Shekau said he would not release the girls unless Boko Haram members in federal government jail were released. The government is yet to make a concrete and definite statement on the offer, but said it is reviewing all options.

Mr. Shekau did not give any reason why all the girls were not shown; while there have also been reports that some of the girls shown were not kidnapped from Chibok but were among those kidnapped from other Borno villages.

The Borno government, however, said the identification process has not been concluded.

A statement issued by Governor Kashim Shettima's Adviser on Media, Isa Gusau, said the identification of the girls is still ongoing even as he listed the names of those identified.

"Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has confirmed that young girls shown in a video released by the Boko Haram sect, are part of schoolgirls abducted at Government Secondary School Chibok following a night attack on April 14,2014", said Mr. Gusau.

"Fifty four of the girls of the video have been identified by their names at an exercise that involved some parents of the girls, fellow students that include escapees from abduction, some teachers, security men and some officials of the Borno State Government led by the Chief of Staff to the Government House, Abubakar Kyari. The parents and students were conveyed to the Government House in Maiduguri to make for an open identification exercise.

"The names are currently being compared with school records as well as names published some days back to ensure accuracy. The exercise continues at the Government House and it is hoped that more names will be established by parents, students and teachers as well as management of the affected school".

Below are the names of the girls identified by their parents and fellow students:

1. Agnes Gafane

2. Saraya Stober

3. Hauwa Bitrus

4. Hajara Isa

5. Na'omi Philimun

6. Hauwa Abdu (1st Speaking)

7. Magret Yama

8. Shitta Abdu

9. Jummai Muta

10. Ladi Paul

11. Roda Peter

12. Filo Dauda

13. Godiya Bitrus

14. Saratu Tauji (2nd Speaking)

15. Ross Daniel

16. Hauwa Ali

17. Hajara Isa (Amira 3rd Speaking)

18. Luba Afga

19. Na'omi Luka

20. Saraya Emos Ali

21. Bilkisu Abdullahi

22. Mairama Ali

23. Maryam Ali Maiyanga

24. Dabora Abbas

25. Kabu Mala

26. Halima Ali

27. Yana Bukar

28. Solomi Pugu

29. Lydia Emmar

30. Luba Sanda

31. Saraya Samuel

32. Comfort Habila

33. Rejoice Shanki

34. Gloria Yaga

35. Mary Nkeki

36. Moda Baba

37. Hauwa Isuwa

38. Patient Jacob

39. Ladi Jajel

40. Abigel Bukar

41. Fanta Lawan

42. Zainabu Yaga

43. Aisha Lawan Zanna

44. Dokas Yakubu

45. Kabu Mala

46. Maryama Bashir

47. Hauwa M. Maina

48. Mary G. Dauda

49. Susana Yakubu

50. Maryam Abbas

51. Laraba John

52. Hanatu Nuhu

53. Na' omi Bukar

54. Rifkatu Galang

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