Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 May 2014

Nigeria: Chibok Girls - 54 Girls Identified By Parents in Boko Haram Video

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Borno state governor Kashim Shetimma has said 54 school girls in a video released by Boko haram have been identified by their parents to be among the girls abducted at the government secondary school in Chibok.

The governor spoke in Abuja during a press briefing following a peaceful protest by the Bring Back Our Girls protest group which matched to the Brono state government lodge in Abuja.

Governor Shettima explained that 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.

He added that some teachers, security men and some officials of the Borno State Government led by the Chief of Staff to the Government House,Abubakar Kyari, took part in the identification exercise.

The parents and students were conveyed to the Government House in Maiduguri to make for an open identification exercise‎, Governor Shettima said.

He further noted that the figures of those identified by their names were climbing as the exercise is still ongoing at the Government House in Maiduguri.

Initially while addressing the BBOG group, 36 names had been identified but before his press briefing an hour later, the number had climbed to 54 which he then told journalists.

The governor said he had on Monday directed the identification exercise to be conducted. Chairman of chibok and other government officials were made to mass produce the video and play before parents of the abducted girls.

He added that students especially those who escaped from captivity, teachers and management of the school as well as other community members in chibok.

Shettima said he further directed another round of verification exercise to be conducted at the Government House in order to cross check findings so as not to mislead the public.

The following names of schoolgirls established from the video, was given yesterday by the spokesman of the Governor, Isa Gusua, which includes;

Agnes Gafane, Saraya Stober, Hauwa Bitrus, Hajara Isa, Na'omi Philimun, Hauwa Abdu (who spoke first in the video), Magret Yama, Shitta Abdu and Jummai Muta.

The listed added, Ladi Paul, Roda Peter, Filo Dauda, Godiya Bitrus, Saratu Tauji (spoke second in the video), Ross Daniel, Hauwa Ali, Hajara Isa (third speaking ),Luba Afga, Na'omi Luka, Saraya Emos Ali, Bilkisu Abdullahi, and Mairama Ali.

Maryam Ali Maiyanga, Dabora Abbas, Kabu Mala, Halima Ali, Yana Bukar, Solomi Pugu, Lydia Emmar, Luba Sanda, Saraya Samuel, Comfort Habila, Rejoice Shanki, Gloria Yaga, Mary Nkeki, Moda Baba and Hauwa Isuwa are also on the list.

The names further include, Patient Jacob, Ladi Jajel, Abigel Bukar, Fanta Lawan, Zainabu Yaga, Aisha Lawan Zanna, Dokas Yakubu, Kabu Mala, Maryama Bashir, Hauwa M. Maina, Mary G. Dauda, Susana Yakubu, Maryam Abbas, Laraba John, Hanatu Nuhu, Na' omi Bukar and Rifkatu Galang.

The spokesman of the Governor added that 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, Isa Gusua said.

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