Metro FACTSHEET: How many schoolgirls did Boko Haram abduct and how many are still missing? - AfricaCheck


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On April 14 this year, dozens of heavily armed Boko Haram insurgents stormed a government-run boarding secondary school in the town of Chibok in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, abducting scores of schoolgirls from their dormitories.

The following day, a spokesman for Borno state government – speaking on the basis of information passed to it by school principal Asabe Kwambura – declared that 129 girls had been staying at the school that night and abducted. Of these, 14 escaped as they were driven into the bush, leaving 115 still being held by their captors, the state government said.

Four days later, on April 19, Enoch Mark, a Christian priest whose daughter and two nieces were among the kidnapped schoolgirls, spoke to reporters insisting that over 300 girls had been abducted.

“From the school records, a total of 530 students registered for the WAEC (West Africa Examination Council) exams,” which the girls were sitting at the time of the kidnapping, he said. “Out of this figure, 70 were external students (i.e. from other schools and not staying in Chibok), 70 are boys while 30 are girls staying off school dormitory. That leaves 360 students staying in the hostels,” Enoch said. “As parents we know the Boko Haram is holding over 300 girls after the escape of 30 of the girls,” he said.

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