5 things you may have forgotten about the abduction of 276 Chibok girls

Two years ago, 276 school girls were forcefully taken away into captivity by members of the terrorist sect Boko Haram from their hostels in Chibok, Borno state.

After the kidnap, sketch details of how the abduction took place started making its rounds in the media with no concrete version of how things happened exactly.

As time passed however, a clear and consistent narrative began shaping up, even though tidbits of details sometimes did not match, the full picture of the abduction was finally being painted and concerned parties could get an idea of how the horrendous events took place.

As the world remembers the second year of the abduction of the school girls, here are 5 things to remember from the account of the kidnap.

1. They were writing final secondary school exams

The missing girls were actually in school on the day of the kidnap because of their final secondary school exams.

The students, all in their final year in Secondary school were in their hostels when the terrorists stormed the premises, seized the teenage girls and carted them away.

2. The strength of the army in Chibok had been moved to Maiduguri before the attack

Prior to the attack, Chibok community had heavy military presence but by some stroke of ill luck perhaps, the troops stationed to fight the insurgents in the community were reassigned to Maiduguri.

This left the military badly depleted in the community and as such, could not stand against the brute force of the terrorists.

3. There was at least a 4 hour warning

According to some other accounts of the kidnap, word had been filtering around the Chibok community of an impending attack by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Residents of the community had received calls from concerned parties who informed them that the terrorists were spotted moving in formation with cargo vans.

The military were also informed of the coming attack but reinforcements could not arrive the community in time to stop the attack and subsequent abduction.

4. The terrorists disguised as security guards

An account of one of the girls that escaped from captivity revealed that the terrorists initially approached the school disguised as security guards.

They reached out to the students and herded them into their cargo vans with the promise of safety. If only the girls knew better.

5. How 57 of the 276 girls escaped

Of the 276 girls kidnapped fromthe Government school, about 57 escaped leaving 219 in the custody of the terrorists.

While speaking to CNN, one of the survivors said she would rather die escaping than allow herself be taken into captivity by the terrorists.

They eventually found their way back to the village after running into the bush in the dead of the night.

2 years after the abduction, 219 of the girls are still in captivity hoping for freedom, one day.

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