The Military Didn’t Detain Chibok Girls Parents – Community Speaks

News went round few days ago that some parents of the abducted Chibok girls who are on their way to Abuja to join the Bring Back Our Girls campaign has been arrested and detained by the military.

Well, a member of the Chibok community in Borno State has denied the reports. Hassan Chibok told The Cable that the soldiers only told the parents to obtain a pass from their local government chairman, so that they could be escorted through the dangerous territory.

“You know the situation in Chibok. For weeks now, we have been experiencing attacks around Chibok general area. And there is a report, intelligence report that Boko Haram members were planning to lay ambush for the parents when travelling to Abuja,” he said.

So the military here told them that if they were planning to go to anywhere, they should get authority letter from the local government council. That way, the army is aware of their movement, and will then give them adequate security to move them out of the danger zone.

“So when they made the plan of moving, the army here asked them if the local government was aware of their movement? They said no. So they were told to get all the necessary arrangement before they could leave.

“There have been series of ambushing on the roads, so moving in convoy is very dangerous here. In fact, moving in convoy here is only permitted with military escort so that there would be protection of life and property.

“Now, disregarding the information of the military, they now went through another part, the road that is blocked and is not for people to follow again. We told them to go back to your local government and bring authority so that they could be escorted out of their area. That’s really what happened. Nobody detained anybody; nobody harassed anybody; they only asked them to go back to Chibok,” he added.

The Chibok parents and the Bring Back Our Girls group are expected to march to the Presidential Villa on Thursday, January 14, to speak with President Muhammadu Buhari on the fate of the abducted girls.

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