Boko Haram to abduct boys to marry Chibok girls- official

A school principal said police had been informed and security stepped up

Boko Haram to abduct boys to marry Chibok girls- official

World Bulletin/News Desk

Boko Haram militant group has allegedly threatened to attack two boys-only schools in Benue State, in the mideast region of Nigeria, to marry them off to schoolgirls abducted last month.

The Nigerian news agency on Sunday quoted the principal of the Government College Makurdi as saying that the insurgents had sent two letters threatening to invade the school to abduct boys.

"It is true that we saw two letters informing us of the intention of the sect to invade our school on Friday (May 16) or Monday (19)," Godfrey Ugudu was quoted as saying.

"The two letters, which were written in pidgin English, were sighted inside one of the classrooms and the second one was slipped into the staff room," he added.

According to Ugudu, the militants had also threatened to attack another nearby school, the Mount Saint Gabriel Secondary School.

"The sect stated that they were coming on either of the two days to abduct our boys whom they would marry to the secondary school girls abducted in Chibok," he suggested.

Last month, Boko Haram militants stormed a school in Borno State's Chibok town, located on the fringes of Sambisa Forest, loading scores of schoolgirls onto trucks before driving away unchallenged.

In a 17-minute video last week, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau offered to exchange the kidnapped girls for Boko Haram militants held by Nigerian authorities.

Ugudu said police have been informed and security has been stepped up in the area.

Boko Haram is essentially restricted to the northeastern region of Nigeria and it is not clear why the group would be writing to a school in far-flung Benue state, according to Anadolu Agency correspondent.

The militant group is not known to write in English and has often restricted its statements in the past to either the local Hausa-Kanuri dialect or Arabic language, he added.

Nigeria's secret police have recently said that Boko Haram may have become a franchise under which many gangsters hide their criminal activities.

More than 1500 people have been killed this year alone in attacks blamed on Boko Haram insurgents, most of which have taken place in the northeastern Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

 

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