Nigeria marks 1,000 days since Chibok school girls’ abduction

Published: 09:35 GMT, Jan 9, 2017 |
Police disrupt a rally by the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which is protesting in Nigeria's capital Abuja to mark 1,000 days since over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok by Islamist sect Boko Haram, Nigeria

Sunday marks a 1,000 days since 276 Nigerian girls were abducted from a school in the country’s northeast by Boko Haram fighters.

Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape – but nearly 200 girls still remain in captivity.

In a message to mark the mass kidnapping, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said he remained committed to ensuring the abducted schoolgirls are reunited with their families “as soon as practicable”.

“We are hopeful that many more will still return,” Buhari, who came to power in 2015, said. “The tears never dry, the ache is in our hearts.

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram fighters stormed the Government Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok in Borno state, seizing 276 girls who were preparing for end-of-year exams.

The abduction drew international attention to the armed group, while the Nigerian government’s failure to act quickly to free the girls sparked a global Bring Back Our Girls movement.