Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and Chibok Local Council in Borno State, have said that the alleged kidnapping of 30 Fulani women last Thursday at pastoralists settlements near Chibok town, where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen on April 14, 2014 could not be substantiated as claimed in some media reports.

Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri on the reported abduction of Fulani women by suspected insurgents on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Hausa Service, the Borno State Police Commissioner, Tanko Lawal, said that the police cannot substantiate the claims of Fulani community that their wives and daughters had been kidnapped and taken away in pickup vans to undisclosed destinations in Sambisa Forest.

?Gentlemen, the truth of the matter is that unlike the abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls on May 14, 2014 by suspected armed hoodlums the reports of the BBC that 30 Fulani women were abducted last week in three herdsmen settlements near the town of Chibok; and taken to unknown destinations in Sambisa Forest was not true.

?If at all there were abductions case from these Fulani settlements, our men and officers in the Police Divisional Areas of Chibok, should have reported the kidnap cases to the police headquarters, Maiduguri, but we did not receive such reports, including the local hunters that are regularly in touch of herdsmen settlements in the council areas of Chibok and Damboa, 56 kilometres away from the locations of alleged abductions,? said Lawal on Thursday.

Ba?ana Lawan, council chairman of Chibok, also said that apart from the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School last month, he has not received reports of abductions either within or outside the township, up to the time he has been asked to confirm the abduction of 30 Fulani women.

?How can I confirm to you that some Fulani women had been abducted by suspected Boko Haram gunmen, while none of the villagers or farmers complained of abductions of their people,? said Lawan, stating that some people in these settlements wanted to make mischief and unsubstantiated reports of abductions in Chibok council.


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