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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

#BringBackOurGirls: Borno Governor Names 54 Identified Girls from Shekau's Video - List Inside

BORNO State governor,  Kashim Shettima, has confirmed that young girls shown in a video released by the Boko Haram sect are part of schoolgirls abducted at Government Secondary School, Chibok, following a night attack on April 14, 2014. 
Find below the released names: 

Fifty-four of the girls in the video, according to him, had been identified by their names at an exercise that involved some parents of the girls, fellow students, including escapees from abduction, some teachers, security men and some officials of the Borno State government, led by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Abubakar Kyari. 

The parents and students were conveyed to the Government House in Maiduguri to make for an open identification exercise. 

Governor Shettima announced this in Abuja on Tuesday, during a press briefing held after a peaceful procession by coalition of civil society bodies and activists under the BringBackOurGirls initiative in Abuja.

Shettima said the figures of those identified by their names were climbing as the exercise went on at the Government House in Maiduguri.
He said he was briefed every 30 minutes. 

Initially, while he was addressing the BBOG group, 36 names, according to him, had been identified, but before the end of the press briefing, the number had risen to 54, which he then told journalists.

Shettima had, on Monday,  directed the identification exercise to be conducted. 
Chairman of Chibok Local Government and other government officials were made to mass produce the video and play before parents of the abducted girls, students, teachers and management of the school, as well as other community members in Chibok. After the exercise in Chibok, Governor Shettima directed  another round of verification exercise to be conducted at the Government House, in order to cross check findings so as not to mislead the public.

The second exercise confirmed the preliminary exercise in Chibok.

The names are currently being compared with school records, as well as names published some days ago to ensure accuracy.

Governor Shettima, while addressing the group, said “after bringing back our girls alive, we can open the can of worms, we can tell you who and who are privy to information and I can even give you the time but I am a leader, I am not supposed to overheat the polity. I am to partner to see that we bring back our girls alive.”

One of the parents of the abducted schoolgirls, according to Voice of America (VOA), has recognised his daughter in a video released by militant group, Boko Haram.

The father told VOA Hausa Service, on Tuesday, that he spotted his 18-year-old daughter in the video and believes he also recognised a neighbour’s daughter.

The man, a resident of Chibok, Borno State, according to VOA, said he did not want his last name nor his daughter’s name publicly released for safety reasons.

This development, according to VOA, came after the mother of another kidnapped schoolgirl identified her daughter in the same video.

The chairman of the parent-teachers association at Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, according to Reuters confirmed that mother of the kidnapped schoolgirl watched the video on television on Monday evening and spotted her daughter among the girls sitting on the ground and wearing veils.

“The video got parents apprehensive again after watching it, but the various steps taken by the governments and the coming of the foreign troops are boosting our spirit, though I have not seen any soldier in Chibok yet,’’ Reuters quoted Mpur as saying by telephone.

The girls’ families said most of those seized were Christians, although there were a number of Muslims among them.

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2.Saraya Stober
3.Hauwa Bitrus
4.Hajara Isa
5.Na’omi Philimun
6.Hauwa Abdu (1st speaker)
7.Magret Yama
8.Shitta Abdu
9.Jummai Muta
10.Ladi Paul
11.Roda Peter
12.Filo Dauda
13.Godiya Bitrus
14.Saratu Tauji (2nd speaker)
15.Ross Daniel
16.Hauwa Ali
17. Hajara Isa (Amira 3rd speaker)
18.Luba Afga
19.Na’omi Luka
20.Saraya Emos Ali
21.Bilkisu Abdullahi
22.Mairama Ali
23.Maryam Ali Maiyanga
24.Dabora Abbas
25.Kabu Mala
26.Halima Ali
27. Yana Bukar
28.Solomi Pugu
29.Lydia Emmar
30.Luba Sanda
31.Saraya Samuel
32.Comfort Habila
33.Rejoice Shanki
34.Gloria Yaga
35.Mary Nkeki
36.Moda Baba
37.Hauwa Isuwa
38.Patient Jacob
39.Ladi Jajel
40.Abigel Bukar
41.Fanta Lawan
42.Zainabu Yaga
43.Aisha Lawan Zanna
44.Dokas Yakubu
45.Kabu Mala
46.Maryama Bashir
47.Hauwa M. Maina
48.Mary  G. Dauda
49.Susana Yakubu
50.Maryam Abbas
51.Laraba John
52.Hanatu Nuhu
53.Na’ omi Bukar
54.Rifkatu Galang

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