Chibok girls: We will not conceal our findings – fact-finding cttee

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The Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls said on Sunday that it would not sweep any of its findings under the carpet.

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The Spokesman of the Committee, Mr Kingsley Osadolor, said in a statement in Maiduguri that this would enable the committee to produce credible reports at the end of its assignment.

Osadolor said the committee held consultations with wide range of stakeholders during its visit to Maiduguri.

“Members of the committee arrived in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Sunday, May 18.

“Over the past eight days, the committee held consultations and interactions with a broad spectrum of stakeholders and credible sources relevant to the committee’s assignment.

“Among those with whom the committee interfaced are the Shehu of Borno, military commanders, heads of para-military formations, the state Commissioner of Police, and state Director of the Department of Security Service.

“The committee also had intensive engagement with the Principal, Vice Principals (Administration and Academic) of Government Secondary School, Chibok, where the mass abduction took place; the Matrons of the hostels, the head cook, and security guards on duty on the day of the incident (April 14, 2014).

“Others with whom the committee interacted are the Borno State Commissioner for Education, the Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima; and Borno Elders Forum,’’ he said.

Osadolor said the committee also interacted with the District Head of Chibok, representatives of the Chibok communities, and the local government chairman.

He said that the committee found the interactions very useful and had made tremendous progress in its assignment

“In the course of its mission to Borno State, the fact-finding Committee amassed a treasure trove of information on the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls and insurgency in general.

“But specific details cannot be given just yet,’’ Osadolor said.

He said that the committee returned to Abuja on Sunday after spending the past week in Borno, where the mass kidnap by Boko Haram insurgents took place.

“After the trip to Abuja, the committee will return to Borno , specifically to interface with the families and communities in Chibok,’’ Osadolor said.

According to him, the visit to Chibok has not been undertaken at this time, because in the course of the interactions with stakeholders, pertinent issues arose.

“These impact directly on aspects of the committee’s terms of reference.

“That is, to mobilise the surrounding communities and the general public on citizen support for a rescue strategy and operation, and to articulate a framework for a multi-stakeholder action for the rescue of the missing girls.

“The delayed visit to Chibok has been discussed with representatives of the communities.

“The committee notes with satisfaction, the emerging stakeholder consensus on the appropriate framework for the rescue agenda.

“The Chairman of the Fact-finding Committee, Brig.-General Ibrahim Sabo (rtd), wishes to appeal to all, especially the media, not to capitalise on the delayed visit by the committee to Chibok, to agitate already frayed nerves,” pleaded the spokesman. (NAN)

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