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FG Begins Fresh Probe Of Chibok Girls’ Abduction

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Posted: Jul 7, 2016 at 4:18 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*BBOG Calls For Release Of Gen Sabo’s Panel Report

The Committee set up by the Federal Government to conduct a fresh investigation into the abduction of the Chibok school girls may soon begin work as the President Muhammadu Buhari has finally approved the list of the committee members, after six months of issuing the order.

This is just as the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group is demanding for the initial report of the Gen. Sabo committee, which was completed and submitted during the last administration.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in January this year during a meeting with the BringBackOurGirls campaign group directed Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser, to set up a committee that would carry out a fresh investigation into the abduction of the 219 girls who were taken from their dormitories.

The Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014 kidnapped over 200 girls from Government Secondary School in Chibok town of Borno State. While some of the girls managed to escape, the whereabouts of most of the girls are still in doubt, as the Buhari government announced that it had no credible intelligence on their specific location.

Presidency sources on Wednesday confirmed that the committee has since been constituted but was awaiting the President’s approval “but he has finally approved it and they will commence their work soon.”

The sources who pleaded anonymity said that terms of reference for the committee might include carrying out fresh investigations on the abduction and the circumstances surrounding it.

Members of the committee, it was also gathered, were approached on a one to one basis to solicit for their commitment and readiness to embark on the fresh investigations on the abduction which may be able to give the government more leads and help close up some missing links. The official said the names of the members of the committee would be made public soon.

However, Abubakar Abdullahi, a spokesperson for the BBOG, called for the release of the first report that was submitted by the first committee as it was not wise using taxpayers money to conduct a new round of investigations without details of the investigations already done.

“We have always asked for the release of the Gen. Sabo’s report which was completed and submitted to the President.

“Without the first, it won’t be fair to use taxpayers monies to do something that has already been done and so this has always been our stand; we have always asked for the first report to be released. As I said, we cannot take a stand on the new committee and its members; so we cannot react yet,” he stated.

It seemed obvious that both the past and present administration were in doubt of the abduction of the girls.