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Women kidnapped by Boko Haram beg Nigerian govt to negotiate their release (Video)

The terror group, Boko Haram on Monday released a video showing some women abducted last month.

The women are believed to the part of women abducted during a raid by the group on a military/police convoy along the Biu road in Borno State.

It was gathered that on June 20, a large convoy was traveling from Maiduguri to Damboa but was ambushed by Boko Haram at about 31 kilometers from Maiduguri.

Premium Times reports that a Police officer and a Soldier were killed in the ambush and while the Borno State Police Command confirmed the attack, it didn’t state the number of the abducted.

The video shows about 10 women but only 2 delivered the supposed message in it while the others look well kept but lost in thought.

In the video, one of the abducted, who said her name is Deborah Philemon said their captors have been nice, but contrarily, the speech appeared rehearsed.the speech.

“My name is Deborah Philemon. What I want to tell the people of Nigeria is that in all honesty, you (Boko Haram) have been taking good care of us since the time you picked us to this place, you have been providing care to those that were wounded.

“We have never been hungry for a single day; you give us water and all that we need to feed with. The government of Nigeria should not deny that we have been kidnapped; we are kidnapped and here we are. We thank you, people, that have been taking good care of us.”

After the speech by Mrs. Philemon, some of the women were shown sobbing as the Boko Haram gunman standing in front of them directed the next woman to make her speech.

Introducing herself as Amina Adam Gambiya, the woman, who appeared to be in her 50s, said she is a staff of the Federal College of Fresh Water Fishery, Baga.

“My name is Amina Adam Gambiya. I am a staff of Federal College of Fresh Water Fishery, Baga. I am a lecturer. We want the government to know that among us are government workers, some are not. We are all humans. We want the government to come to our rescue the way they did to the Chibok schoolgirls; government should not abandon us because we are all citizens.

 

“This happened to me when I was on my way traveling. So, on behalf of all the women here, both those that are federal government workers and those that are not, the government should do the needful just as it did to the Chibok schoolgirls so that we could be freed.

“Among the women here, there are some five of us that are breadwinners of their families. No one should doubt that we are abducted. Here we are; it is clear that we have been abducted for nearly 30 days. We beg you to do all that is best to come and release us; we are in distress here.”

The elders of Askira Uba Local Government Area told journalists that 14 of the women in custody were their wives and daughters.

On behalf of the group, Mr. Bukar said they had written an open letter to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo and also petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

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