ICC Note: Britain’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Andrew Pocock, admitted yesterday that the Chibok girls were found but could not be rescued safely. He said that it was almost impossible to deliver them, and that he did not believe that dialogue with Boko Haram was possible. Boko Haram gained international headlines after abducting the almost 300 Chibok girls, sparking the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign. As of today, there are more than 200 that remain captive, most of them are Christians. The Chibok girls have endured the worst possible persecutions under Boko Haram, as they are often sold into sexual slavery, brainwashed to join the Boko Haram cause, or suspected to have been used as suicide bombers.
By Misbahu Bashir
7/8/15, Kaduna, Nigeria (Daily Trust) – The outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria Dr. Andrew Pocock yesterday said the abducted Chibok school girls were located but it’s practically impossible to rescue them safely.
He also said his county was not advocate for dialogue with the Boko Haram sect, believed to have abducted the girls from their hostels last year.
Pocock who visited Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i made the remarks at an interactive session with journalists. He said “Our ability to return the Chibok girls is very limited. Well, after the abduction for some months it was clear that substantial group of girls were together. It was also clear that they were by no means all of them. It might be a group of 50 or 80; it’s very hard to tell. It presented a terrible dilemma to everybody, attempting to rescue substantial group of girls has two obvious problems; the risk to the attackers and to the girls.”