After militants released a video of the 10 Senior female police officers abducted from a joint military/police convoy and “HELD AS SLAVES” by militants, Acting President Osinbajo released a press statement condemning the abduction
The full text of his press release:
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STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
BORNO ABDUCTION “ATROCIOUS AND COWARDLY”, SAYS ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, condemns the atrocious and cowardly abduction of women which occurred recently in Borno State.
He sympathises with the families of the abducted women, and assures that the Federal Government will spare no efforts to ensure the safe and speedy return of all the victims.
The Acting President has therefore directed Nigeria’s military and intelligence agencies to take all necessary steps including coordinating with our international partners to rescue the abducted women, as well as to ensure further tightening of security in and around Borno State.
The Buhari presidency assures that the ongoing efforts of security agencies, including the establishment of additional military and police bases in parts of the country, as well as the improved intelligence gathering will continue, and commends some of the recent significant breakthroughs in combating abducting and banditry in the country.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Acting President
19 July 2017
ABDUCTED SENIOR FEMALE POLICE OFFICERS HELD AS SLAVES SPEAK – militants
The Islamist terror group, militants has released a video of 10 women believed to be the Senior female police officers abducted from a military/police convoy in Borno state some weeks ago “TO SERVE AS SLAVES”.
In the video released by militants, one Amina Adam Gomdia, speaking in eloquent Hausa, describes five of the women in their midst as public servants who are also breadwinners in their families.
The second woman who speaks on the video gives her name as Deborah Philipus. She says that right from the minute they were abducted, militants has taken care of them, including treating their injuries, and that they have not lacked food, water or other necessities.
“We are grateful to you,” she says, referring to militants, “but the Government of Nigeria should not say we were not abducted, indeed we were abducted,” she says.
While the Nigerian government earlier confirmed the capture of the police women, there is no way to know if the women in this video are those senior police officers or other militants captives. militants has thousands of female “slaves” in captivity.
militants Earlier Said The Women Were Captured To Serve As Slaves
militants has confirmed that it abducted several senior Nigerian policewomen during attack on a joint police/military convoy near Maiduguri on June 20 with it’s leader saying the policewomen were abducted to serve as slaves.
Abubakar Shekau, the Islamist terror sect’s leader said this in a new video in a tirade which lasted for about 10 minutes. His speech is then followed by scenes of the fierce attack, which took place on the Maiduguri-Damboa road.
The video shows graphic contents of one of the terror victims, as well as images of another set of victims perhaps about to be beheaded.
Shekau mocked the Nigerian government for lying that militants had been defeated. He said
“I want to tell you that we are the one that attacked the convoy, here are the vehicles for all to witness, we are the ones that abducted the female police officers. In fact, they are senior female police officers.
What we did is nothing when compared to our women, children, and friends that have been wiped out or arrested for many years by the Nigerian government. We only abducted them to serve as slaves to us”.