Ahmed Salkida, a Nigerian journalist known for his rare insights into the working of Boko Haram group has sensationally revealed that only 15 out of the 113 Chibok schoolgirls believed to be in the custody of insurgent group are still alive.
In a series of tweets this Saturday, April 14 which marks the fourth-year anniversary of the abduction of the over 200 girls from their school in Chibok, Borno State,
Salkida said his painstaking investigations revealed that many of the girls died from cross fires and bombardments of the security forces that were intended to rescue them.
He also revealed that the remaining 15 girls are no longer under the control of Abubakar Shekau faction of Boko Haram as was believed.
“According to sources, they are now ‘married’ and only their ‘husbands’ can decide their fates,” Salkida tweeted while accusing the Nigerian government of negotiating for girls that are no longer existing.
The journalist added that Shekau can only negotiate for the girls if their husbands were killed or they were divorced from them.
Even then, he said the girls have been indoctrinated and their leader (Shekau) has no right to negotiate for their release, no matter the ransom offered, an information he attributed to multiple sources.
Salkida who said it will be unbearable for him to share the name of the 15 girls that are still alive, however challenged government to prove his claims about the death of the Chibokgirls wrong or “stop negotiating for many of the girls that don’t exists..”
Salkida also offered rare insights into how the girls were abducted as well as his involvements in the futile effort to get the them released under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
See the tweets below:
“Today, my painstaking investigations on the #Chibokschoolgirls revealed that just a handful of the 113 #ChibokGirls are alive,” Salkida said.
“Many of the girls have died as a result of cross fires and bombardments of the security forces that no doubt were intent on rescuing them. I regret to state here that only 15 out of the 113 #Chibokgirls are alive today, based on my investigations in the last three months
“What is the status of the remaining 15 girls as far as negotiations are concerned? My investigations also revealed that, they are no longer under the control of #AbubakarShekau. According to sources, they are now ‘married’ and only their ‘husbands’ can decide their fates.
“If they are divorced or the men are killed that is when Shekau’s decision takes precedence, and in this instance, since the girls have been indoctrinated, their leader has no right to negotiate for their release, no matter the ransom offered, reliable multiple sources said.
“The way out for these girls, is a military rescue or negotiate wt individual captors to release their ‘wives’ in return for some kind of deal, but this will mean death to these fighters bcz the terror group now sees the girls as part of their own and must be protected.”
Tomorrow, I will be tweeting rare insights on the rest of the #ChibokGirls in captivity. How many are alive and the need for the parents to know the truth, no matter how unpleasant the revelation is.
— Ahmad Salkida (@ContactSalkida) April 13, 2018