30, Not 15 Chibok Girls Are Alive Says Salkida
Ahmed Salkida, a journalist known for his access to the Boko Haram leadership, said the figure he gave about the number of Chibok girls still alive was not correct.
His latest tweets on Monday indicated that the correct number of the missing girls he says are alive is 30 and not 15.
Salkida said he regretted putting forward the wrong figure.
“I regret to state (stating) here that only 15 out of the 113 #Chibokgirls are alive today, based on my investigations in the last three months,” he had said.
The Nigerian government had earlier said it could not immediately verify the Borno State born journalist’s claims, hence would continue to explore channels of negotiation to ensure that the remaining girls are freed.
Responding to the presidential reaction to his revelations, Salkida said he is disappointed with the stance of the presidency.
He argued that the objective of his tweets is to compel both the government and Boko Haram to speak on the girls rather than the denials.
In his new tweets, Salkida said his earlier messages had compelled Boko Haram leaders to come out to confirm the actual number of Chibok schoolgirls that are still in their captivity
“A leading member of the Jama’atu Ahlis-Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad or BH (Boko Haram) has now clarified the earlier information about 15 girls,” he said.
“Indeed, the 15 #ChibokGirls are available, but known to a particular cell that spoke to me emphatically days leading to the 4th anniversary.
“However, two other cells within the larger group has brought additional information, clarifying the earlier information, that there are another 10 girls available in another cell. Outside of the 15 and 10, another five (5) amongst the girls are also alive as at early hours of today.
“But the set of five, according to the group today, have apparently become permanently embedded in the doctrines and teaching programs of the sect and have asked not to be considered amongst those likely be included in any release in the future, if there would be any,” the journalist said.