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Only 15 Of Chibokgirls In Custody Of Boko Haram Still Alive – Salkida

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Ahmed Salkida, a Nigerian journalist known for his rare insights into the working of Boko Haram group has sensationally revealed that only 15 out of the 113 Chibok schoolgirls believed to be in the custody of insurgent group are still alive.

Ahmed Salkida, a Nigerian journalist known for his rare insights into the working of Boko Haram group has sensationally revealed that only 15 out of the 113 Chibok schoolgirls believed to be in the custody of insurgent group are still alive.

In a series of tweets this Saturday, April 14 which marks the fourth-year anniversary of the abduction of the over 200 girls from their school in Chibok, Borno State, Salkida said his painstaking investigations revealed that many of the girls died from cross fires and bombardments of the security forces that were intended to rescue them.

He also revealed that the remaining 15 girls are no longer under the control of Abubakar Shekau faction of Boko Haram as was believed.Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida

“According to sources, they are now ‘married’ and only their ‘husbands’ can decide their fates,” Salkida tweeted while accusing the Nigerian government of negotiating for girls that are no longer existing.

The journalist added that Shekau can only negotiate for the girls if their husbands were killed or they were divorced from them.

Even then, he said the girls have been indoctrinated and their leader (Shekau) has no right to negotiate for their release, no matter the ransom offered, an information he attributed to multiple sources.

Salkida who said it will be unbearable for him to share the name of the 15 girls that are still alive, however challenged government to prove his claims about the death of the Chibokgirls wrong or “stop negotiating for many of the girls that don’t exists..”

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Salkida also offered rare insights into how the girls were abducted as well as his involvements in the futile effort to get the them released under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
See the tweets below:

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

Tomorrow, I will be tweeting rare insights on the rest of the in captivity. How many are alive and the need for the parents to know the truth, no matter how unpleasant the revelation is.

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

1/ Four years ago, a middle ranking BH commander led dozens of fighters in search of food and other supplies in the remote town of Chibok, like an afterthought, they saw a chance to abduct school girls in GSS Chibok, the girls at the time were preparing for their exams.

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

1/ Four years ago, a middle ranking BH commander led dozens of fighters in search of food and other supplies in the remote town of Chibok, like an afterthought, they saw a chance to abduct school girls in GSS Chibok, the girls at the time were preparing for their exams.

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

2/ The dozens of BH fighters faced no opposition during the abductn, as they struggled to convey their captives to the forest of Alagarno, the insurgent’s first war capital, which they named Timbuktu. It was in Timbuktu that they organised most of the horror we experience today.

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

2/ The dozens of BH fighters faced no opposition during the abductn, as they struggled to convey their captives to the forest of Alagarno, the insurgent’s first war capital, which they named Timbuktu. It was in Timbuktu that they organised most of the horror we experience today.

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

3/ Some of the girls were lucky to have escaped on their way to Timbuktu that night, because there were fewer fighters to hold more than 200 girls. At the beginning, the group didn’t know what to do with the girls, at least, not in the first one month of their captivity.

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

3/ Some of the girls were lucky to have escaped on their way to Timbuktu that night, because there were fewer fighters to hold more than 200 girls. At the beginning, the group didn’t know what to do with the girls, at least, not in the first one month of their captivity.

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

4/ However, what many people did not know was that two weeks into the abduction, the Jonathan administration was already in touch with me for the peaceful release of the girls. By the way, I was in self-exile after pressure from the same Govt..

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

4/ However, what many people did not know was that two weeks into the abduction, the Jonathan administration was already in touch with me for the peaceful release of the girls. By the way, I was in self-exile after pressure from the same Govt..

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

5/ I took an excuse where I was doing a menial job in the UAE (but still reporting the insurgency), to see the president, which was facilitated by Aliyu Gebi and Labaran Maku. By the 3rd of May, I was already on my way from Abuja to Madagali, Marwa and finally to a BH camp.

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

5/ I took an excuse where I was doing a menial job in the UAE (but still reporting the insurgency), to see the president, which was facilitated by Aliyu Gebi and Labaran Maku. By the 3rd of May, I was already on my way from Abuja to Madagali, Marwa and finally to a BH camp.

Ahmad Salkida@ContactSalkida

6/ I got a proof of life for the president and another for the media in case I didn’t get back. The demands of BH then were simple, they wanted detained members taken to Damaturu and they will move the girls to Buniyardi for swap somewhere in between. There was no word on ransom

 

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REVEALED: Boko Haram ‘Charges Fishermen N10,000’ For Access To Borno Waters

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“Boko Haram lurks on the lake and when they do not kill us, they take 10,000 naira ($27, 23 euros) to allow us to fish,” Aminu Mohammed, a fisherman, said.

 

In Nigeria’s North-East region, fishing constitutes one of the major sources of income, as Lake Chad, which borders Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon, provides a thriving source for the business.

However, following insurgency in the area, fishing is fast becoming a struggle.

Activities of the Nigerian Army targeted at curbing attacks by Boko Haram have made fishing in Lake Chad a feat for only those who dare.

According to AFP, “The fishermen of Lake Chad must sail in secret, forced to evade both Boko Haram jihadists and Nigeria’s military in a desperate dance that has strangled livelihoods and caused scarcity of a once-staple food.

“While in the past, boats slid across the vast waters unhindered, sustaining a vibrant fishing industry in North-Eastern Nigeria, years of bloody Boko Haram militancy has deeply scarred the region.”

Although the region is taking on a new lease of life, following return of residents to various areas, “the fishermen have become ensnared in a fresh Nigerian Army counter-insurgency operation against the jihadists in and around the lake launched in May”.

Forty-five-year-old Aminu Mohammed told AFP that there isn’t much hope of doing serious business until the end of August when the Army’s ‘Operation Last Hold’ is scheduled to round off.

“Boko Haram lurks on the lake and when they do not kill us, they take 10,000 naira ($27, 23 euros) to allow us to fish,” Mohammed told AFP.

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He also stated that there are threats of arrests by the military, who “have detained fishermen in the region and accused them of financing the jihadists by paying them taxes”.

Yakubu Dangombe, one of the few fishermen, described the current situation as a “disaster”.

Dangombe, who said he has 35 children and cannot afford to cater to their needs, “had two million naira of fish stuck on the road in Baga, the main fishing hub on the Nigerian side of the lake, blocked by soldiers”.

A salesman, who asked not to be named, also stated that “to avoid the military, traders smuggle the fish into Maiduguri by road in bundles of 10 or 30 kilograms stashed in cars and ‘under travellers’ suitcases.’”

Two years after the reopening of Baga market, traders are accusing soldiers of seizing stocks of fish transported by road, as well as collecting taxes, which, for officials of the fish sellers association, justifies the high cost of fish.

“People would like everything to be like before, but it’s not so simple; you have to pay armed escorts on the road, because the situation is volatile,” Mallam Baba Musa, the secretary of the Fish Producers and Marketers Association of Borno State, was quoated as saying.

However, Dangombe insisted that “whether it’s the military or Boko Haram, we are stuck between a rock and a hard place”.

Consequently, residents of the Borno State capital have resorted to alternative sources of protein and the reason for this is not far-fetched.

“The shortage has caused a dramatic spike in fish prices: one pile (seven or eight fish) has surged in the past three months from 4,000 to 10,000 naira,” the AFp report said. “So customers have turned to other sources of protein. In a large yard where men use jerry cans to smoke tilapia and perch, there are some new additions to the menu: monitor lizards and cats.”

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France speaks on foreigners’ ‘involvement’ in Boko Haram, herdsmen killings

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Outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, has spoken on the insinuations that the international community was involved in the continuous attacks by Boko Haram and herdsmen.

Gauer spoke in Abuja at a press conference to commemorate the French National Day.

He said he did not share the view that there were international interests who do not want the conflict to come to an end.

Of his country’s intervention in Africa, the envoy: “We began in Mali. What happened in Mali? Mali was attacked by terrorist group and my armed forces were able to fight against that.

“So, Mali was threatened to be completely overcome by terrorist movements and everybody imagined what would have been the consequences for all, including the neighbours for all of Western Africa if Mali would have been overcome by terrorist group.

“That was why we intervened then at the demand of the Malian authorities.

“Of course, we knew that the terrorist groups were not only in Mali. They are in anywhere. They don’t know any borders. So, they travel across all Sahelian areas.

“That is why we expanded our presence and our effort to the whole Sahelian area.

“And then came this problem with Boko Haram. In 2014, Boko Haram had presence in the northeast of Nigeria. I mean, they controlled a territory the size of Belgium in the northeast of Nigeria in 2014. And at that time in 2014, there was absolutely no foreign presence and no western presence.

“In 2014, there was no European or no western NGO in the whole of the northeast of Nigeria. But the only ones that were there were International Red Cross and MSF (Doctors without Borders).

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“Nobody was there. No cooperation activities were there. And the United Nations (UN) was not there in 2014. At worst, the worst point for Boko Haram.”

Gauer added that it was as a result of the appeal made by former President Goodluck Jonathan to ex-French President Francoise Hollandè to build a synergy with neighbouring countries that France intervened.

On the herdsmen killings across the country, Gauer said he had no “indication that foreigners were involved in it”.

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Boko Haram told us not to send our daughters to school – Dapchi parents

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– Dapchi parents said they were joyous over the return of their abducted children 

– They said the terrorists told them not to send their children to school

– The parents thanked President Buhari for the return of their daughters

Parents of abducted Dapchi girls who were released by Boko Haram have said the terrorists told them not to send their children back to western education.

Jayreporters had reported that the girls were released by the terrorists on Wednesday, March 21. Security operatives were not available as the terrorists reportedly drove into Dapchi town were residents celebrated the return of their children and praised President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Premium Times, the terrorists took their time to preach to the residents. One Ibrahim Husseini who is a Dapchi resident said: “It was a thing of joy for us in Dapchi when suddenly we began to see trucks moving into the town at about 8:00 a.m in the morning. “They brought the girls and then they were telling the general public that they should not go back to Western education schools; that what they did was not terrorism but rather the propagation of Islamic knowledge.

Kachalla Bukar, who is the secretary of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls’ parents’ group, said he was on hand to receive the girls and even took pictures with the terrorists.

He said: “But we, the parents of the missing girls, did not run as other villagers did, because we cannot run and leave our girls in the hands of the Boko Haram. “When they came, they told us that they were returning the girls not because somebody gave them money, but out of their freewill. We thanked them.

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Then they told us that we must never return our girls to western school again; we said we will do as said. They preached to us for some time, and we said we will heed to their sermons.

“They shook our hands and asked us to forgive them for whatever pains that they might have caused us; then we shook hands and they asked us to snap photos with them using their mobile phone which we all did.” Haruna Driver who is a father of one of the abducted girls said he was happy for his daughter’s return.

He said: “When the news came to me, it was like a dream. But when I saw my daughter, I and her mother shed tears of joy. “Sadly, we could not spend much time with her before she was taken to the hospital and then to Abuja.

We thank God for His kindness and mercy on us. We thank the president and all those that worked hard to see that our daughters return to us safely.

The All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government has been accused by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of allegedly staging the abduction of the schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, for ‘political purposes’, Leadership reports.

In a chat with newsmen, the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Olagbondiyan, referred to the abduction as a crime against humanity, and called on the United Nations to launch investigations into the matter.

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