BOKO Haram and Islamic State in West African Province (Iswap) terrorists have released four schoolgirls from Kautikari village in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State who were among 24 persons abducted in the area earlier this month.
On January 14, the terrorists kidnapped 24 villagers from several villages in the Chibok area where the insurgents also looted food items and other basic goods. Chibok is about 150km from Maiduguri the Borno State capital and has continued to suffer a series of attacks from both Boko Haram and Iswap lately.
Local people have cried out to the government recently to do something about their plight, blaming the authorities for abandoning them. Earlier this month for instance, nine residents of Kautikari village were abducted, before two elderly women and some children were later released by the insurgents.
These four young ladies who were just released were taken to Dille, a village in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State, by the insurgents. Dille shares border with Sambisa Forest and is said to be a hub for the insurgents in the area.
Kautikari is about 15km drive from Chibok town and predominantly occupied by the Christian faithful. According to local people, the attack on Kautikari village is about the 20th one since the abduction of the 276 Chibok girls in 2014 that brought the area into the international limelight.