While the Federal Government of Nigeria along with countries like the USA, France, China, the UK and others are strategising on how to rescue the over two hundreds girls kidnapped at the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State on 14 April, a Nigerian lawmaker representing Borno North in the Upper Chamber, Senator Ahmed Zanna, has said he would no longer tell where the abducted girls are being kept.
The senator made this declaration Monday night on CNN when he was being interviewed via a telephone call by Isha Sesay.
When the lawmaker was asked by the reporter about what he felt about the latest video released on Monday by the Boko Haram terror group showing some of the abducted school girls, the senator said he experienced mixed feelings when he saw the video.
Sen. Zanna opined that while he was happy to know that the kidnapped girls are still alive, he also informed that he felt sad to realise that the teenagers are being used as ransoms by the terrorists in exchange for some of them captured by the military.
* Senator Ahmed Zanna of Borno accused the FG of not acting fast
On where he thinks the insurgents might be keeping the girls, the senator said: “I won’t tell where they are being kept again because I have told the Federal Government where they are likely being kept before the video was released. Now that I saw the video, the vegetation in the clip confirmed what I have told them earlier.”
When he was questioned once again about the likely location of the girls in the video posted on the internet on Monday by Boko Haram, the Senator stated: “If they want to know where they are being kept, then the government should remember what I told them before. What I can tell you is that the girls are no longer here in Chibok.”
He said that it would be difficult for Nigeria to get back all the girls abducted by the insurgents, saying the girls have not only been split by their abductors but ferried across border islands to neighbouring countries.
* Nigerian soldiers on duty
While claiming that he was privy to information about the movement of the insurgents when the girls were abducted, Zanna said he told security agents that contrary to their belief that the abducted girls were in Sambisa forest with their abductors, that they have since been split and ferried through Lake Chad to neighbouring countries among which he said were Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
The senator who blamed the military for failure to rescue the girls before the development given that they got all immediate information about the movement of the insurgents from him.
Also, while speaking during his contribution to a motion titled: Abduction of School Children in Chibok, Borno State, sponsored by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, the Senator said: “I have been constantly in touch with the security agencies, telling them the developments, the movement of the girls from one place to the other and then the splitting of the girls and eventually the marriage of these girls by the insurgents.
“What bothers me most is that whenever I informed them where these girls were, after two to three days, they will be moved from that place to another and still, I will go back and inform them that see, this is what is happening.
“I lost hope two days ago when I found out that some of them were moved to Chad and Cameroon. Actually, some of them move through the Mandara Mountain that is in Gwoza and some of them are just a stone throw from their barracks, even now as I am talking to you, some of them are in Kolofata, which is in Cameroon but about 15 kilometres or even less to the borders.”