ADVERTISEMENT

How Jonathan govt covered abduction of 300 children in Damasak - Report

The abduction took place after Boko Haram seized Damasak town in November 2014 but received little attention as residents claimed they were silenced by the government.

Kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls wearing the full-length hijab and praying at an undisclosed rural location.

According to an investigation by Human Rights Watch (HRW), the abduction took place after Boko Haram seized Damasak town in November 2014 but received little attention as residents claimed they were silenced by the Nigerian government.

The most notable mass kidnapping by the militant group was the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped from their dormitories in Chibok, Borno state, in April 2014.

HRW reveals that Boko Haram occupied Zanna Mobarti Primary School in Damasak in November 2014 after taking control of the town - with more than 300 students inside. And over the following months, the terrorists banned teaching in English and forced their captives to learn the Koran.

ADVERTISEMENT

Boko Haram fled Damasak in March 2015 when soldiers from neighboring Chad and Niger invaded the town, taking with them the 300 schoolchildren and around 100 more women.

A resident of Damasak who spoke to AFP said none of the kidnapped schoolchildren have been returned, adding that they did not speak out due to pressure from the government, which was embarrassed with the abduction of the Chibok girls.

READ:

However, in March 2015, former president Goodluck Jonathan's government denied reports of the Damasak kidnapping.

“The authorities need to wake up and find out where the Damasak children and other captives are and take urgent steps to free them,” a Nigerian researcher at HRW, Mausi Segun, said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Boko Haram, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in 2015, has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions in a six-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. More than 1 million children have been forced out of education and more than 2,000 schools have closed in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger due to the militant group’s campaign of violence, UNICEF said in December 2015.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

I've always belonged to the APC - Bwala reiterates support for Tinubu

I've always belonged to the APC - Bwala reiterates support for Tinubu

France struggles with its hijab rules for Olympics opening ceremony

France struggles with its hijab rules for Olympics opening ceremony

Dangote Refinery must be protected from all threats - Kwankwaso warns FG

Dangote Refinery must be protected from all threats - Kwankwaso warns FG

Borno protesters storm Abuja, demand reversal of Ndume's sack by Senate

Borno protesters storm Abuja, demand reversal of Ndume's sack by Senate

Matawalle donates ₦5m to family of his ex-DG of Protocol

Matawalle donates ₦5m to family of his ex-DG of Protocol

Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth body hails Tinubu for SEDC Act

Ohanaeze Ndigbo youth body hails Tinubu for SEDC Act

Navy arrests 2 oil thieves for operating illegal bunkering sites in their homes

Navy arrests 2 oil thieves for operating illegal bunkering sites in their homes

Tinubu signs bills to accelerate development across geo-political zones

Tinubu signs bills to accelerate development across geo-political zones

I'm not moved by your attacks -  Abiodun replies social media critics

I'm not moved by your attacks - Abiodun replies social media critics

Pulse Sports

Ronaldo vs Messi: Chelsea legend N'Golo Kante wastes no time in picking the GOAT

Ronaldo vs Messi: Chelsea legend N'Golo Kante wastes no time in picking the GOAT

Paris 2024: Okocha, Messi, Eto'o and 8 legends that have won Olympics football gold medal

Paris 2024: Okocha, Messi, Eto'o and 8 legends that have won Olympics football gold medal

Usain Bolt shuts down Noah Lyles's bullish character speaking with Nigerian legendary footballer Mikel Obi

Usain Bolt shuts down Noah Lyles's bullish character speaking with Nigerian legendary footballer Mikel Obi

Osimhen to get ₦7 billion salary increment with PSG move

Osimhen to get ₦7 billion salary increment with PSG move

Bukayo Saka and Kanu model Lagos-themed Arsenal away jersey for the 2024/25 season

Bukayo Saka and Kanu model Lagos-themed Arsenal away jersey for the 2024/25 season

Michelle Alozie Net Worth: Age, Profile, Career, Salary, Husband, How Rich is she in 2024?

Michelle Alozie Net Worth: Age, Profile, Career, Salary, Husband, How Rich is she in 2024?

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT