Boko Haram still holding Nigerian school girls captive | BREAKING NEWS – 24 APRIL 2014

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Boko Haram kidnappers are still holding 187 girls captive more than a week after the Islamists abducted them from their dormitories in northeastern Nigeria, according to school and government officials.
The figure is much higher than the one earlier released by authorities.
“A total of 230 parents registered the names of their daughters who were missing on the day of the kidnap,” said Asabe Kwambura, principal of the Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok.
“From my records, 43 girls have so far escaped on their own from their kidnappers. We still have 187 girls missing,” the principal said.
The school asked parents to come forward and register the names of their missing daughters a day after the April 16 kidnapping.
Borno state government officials insisted only 129 girls were originally abducted from the school, and had said that 51 escaped.
Isa umar Gusau, the spokesman for Borno state’s governor, said the escape of seven more girls on Sunday reduced the number of girls in the custody of their Boko Haram abductors to 77.
Kwambura disputed Gusau’s claim of seven more escapes.
“I’m not aware of any seven girls that escaped on Sunday,” the principal said.
Borno state Education Commissioner Musa inuwa Kubo confirmed the numbers released by Kwambura and sought to explain the discrepancies in figures provided by the government and the school.
“There was break in communication which resulted in a lack of coordination, as a result of which different figures were provided,” Kubo said.
“But the opening of a register … provided an avenue where parents of missing children recorded the names of their daughters, which furnished us with a comprehensive list of girls taken away and those that were able to escape,” the commissioner added.

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