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ICC Note: The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken charge of the 10 Chibok girls who escaped from Boko Haram and have been studying in the United States for the past two years, under the care of Emmanuel Ogebe, a US-based human rights lawyer. The government took over guardianship of the girls after a meeting on May 25 with the girls’ parents and officials from the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. This plan for the new guardianship of the girls will be channelled through the Nigerian embassy in the US. These girls were part of the original 219 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists from their school in Chibok, Nigeria in April 2014. Most of the kidnapped girls were Christian, and Boko Haram is known for targeting Christians. These ten girls escaped from Boko Haram and moved to the United States in order to continue their education in a safe environment away from the trauma they had suffered at the hands of the terrorists.

06/02/2016, United States (Premium Times) – The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken over the care of the girls currently studying in the US, who escaped from Boko Haram captivity after being abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, on April 14, 2014, the Nigerian ministry of women affairs has said.

“Following a meeting held on May 25, between parents of the escaped Chibok girls studying in America and officials of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in charge of the Chibok Girls Desk specially set up by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government, including its representatives and agents, is now in charge of the girls. The parents signed Declaration forms authorizing the ministry to take over guardianship of their daughters,” the ministry said via a statement by Temitope Bamgboye, the director of social welfare at the Ministry.

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