Nigerian Officials Declined British Forces Offer to Rescue Kidnapped Chibok School Girls
In 2014 Boko Haram Islamists abducted some 200 Christian teenage girls, late at night, from their school dormitories in northeastern Nigeria.
Early reports within a week of the kidnapping indicated that most of them had been sold, married off and moved abroad.
The girls were moved abroad by truck and canoe.
The girls were married off to Islamist sect members on N2,000 bride price each.
British armed forces offered to attempt to rescue nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, but were rebuffed by Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s president at the time, the Observer has learned.
In a mission named Operation Turus, the RAF conducted air reconnaissance over northern Nigeria for several months, following the kidnapping of 276 girls from the town of Chibok in April 2014. “The girls were located in the first few weeks of the RAF mission,” a source involved in Operation Turus told the Observer. “We offered to rescue them, but the Nigerian government declined.”
The girls were then tracked by the aircraft as they were dispersed into progressively smaller groups over the following months, the source added.
Chibok is located in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state. Today 195 of the girls are still missing. Those who have managed to escape from their kidnappers have told of a life of torture, enslavement, rape, and forced marriages in captivity.