Senate seeks release of 1,000 Boko Haram captives

Senate  seeks release of 1,000 Boko Haram captives
October 19 06:16 2016

The Senate on Tuesday urged all the parties in the negotiation that led to the release of 21 of the Chibok girls to also go a step further in making sure other captives were also rescued.

The Senate during its plenary on Tuesday thanked those who negotiated the release of the 21 schoolgirls.

The lawmakers however held a large number of abductions by the sect were not reported, adding that the negotiators should look beyond the Chibok girls to save other captives from the Boko Haram then.

Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, who raised the matter, said about 1,000 persons were in Boko Haram captivity.

“The 219 girls are not the only girls that were abducted. Their (exact) number is not known but there are more than 1,000 of them, I can bet on that. Some of them have gone unnoticed; some of them are missing; some of them, only God knows where they are and in what condition they have found themselves.

“I want to thank you on behalf of Chibok people and to beg you to continue to stand by them because these girls and the people of Borno and the North-East, generally, need Nigerians more than ever before,” he said.

Senator Abiodun Olujimi (Ekiti-South), who supported Ndume’s motion, called on all stakeholders to work towards securing other Boko Haram captives.

“Like the Senate Leader said, there are so many other girls who have gone unnoticed and are still there in Sambisa and elsewhere. We believe that they should not be left to their fates. And it is not only the Chibok girls that are most important but all Nigerians that have been captured by the Boko Haram.

Olujimi warned that there was the need to secure communities in the North-East so that those who had been rescued would not be kidnapped again.

“We need to know that those girls are not going back into captivity because they are going back to Chibok. If Chibok is still not safe, it is something we also need to think about,” she stated.

The senator pointed out that the womenfolk were very proud of the armed forces, Red Cross, the Swiss government, while appreciating the efforts all those who were part of the negotiation.

“As women, we are saying our children should never be caught up in such a thing again,” she added.