girls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State,
by the Boko Haram terror sect, it has been revealed that the
surveillance carried out by the United States of America and the United
Kingdom spotted around 80 of the abducted schoolgirls, but the
governments of both countries did nothing about it as a rescue attempt
was considered too “high risk”.
Times newspaper, videos accounts also have emerged showing that the
girls were brutally raped regularly.
The terrorists stormed a secondary boarding school in the remote town of
Chibok on April 14 2014 and seized 276 girls who were preparing for
Although 57 of the girls managed to escape, the rest have remained
missing and have not been heard from or seen since, apart from in May
that year, when 130 of them appeared in a Boko Haram video wearing
hijabs and reciting the Koran.
Commissioner to Nigeria, has now revealed that a large group of the
missing girls were spotted by British and American surveillance
officials shortly after their disappearance, but experts felt nothing
could be done.
He told The Sunday Times that Western governments felt “powerless” to
help as any rescue attempt would have been too high risk – with Boko
Haram terrorists using the girls as human shields.
Pocock said: “A couple of months after the kidnapping, fly-bys and an
American eye in the sky spotted a group of up to 80 girls in a
particular spot in the Sambisa forest, around a very large tree, called
locally the Tree of Life, along with evidence of vehicular movement and a
least four weeks but authorities were “powerless” to intervene – adding
that the Nigerian government did not ask for help anyway.
He said: “A land-based attack would have been seen coming miles away and
the girls killed, an air-based rescue, such as flying in helicopters or
Hercules, would have required large numbers and meant a significant
risk to the rescuers and even more so to the girls.”
He added: “You might have rescued a few but many would have been killed.
My personal fear was always about the girls not in that encampment — 80
were there, but 250 were taken, so the bulk were not there. What would
have happened to them? You were damned if you do and damned if you
In an investigation for The Sunday Times Magazine, Pocock said the
information was passed to the Nigerian authorities but they made no
request for help.
The magazine has also seen brutal rape videos which showed the schoolgirls were used as sex slaves by the terrorists.
Some of the girls who managed to escape said they were kept in “women’s
prisons” where they were taught about Islam. Boko Haram fighters would
visit and pick their wives. The girls were powerless to resist as even
then the men would be heavily armed.
They were shown videos of people being raped, tortured and killed as a
threat of what would happen to them if they tried to run away.
Coventy Cathedral, who spent several years attempting to negotiate with
the terror group, said Boko Haram “make Isis look like playtime” and
said it is “beyond belief” that the authorities both in Nigeria and the
West do not know where the schoolgirls are.
He insisted that the locations of the camps where the girls are being kept are well known and can even be seen on Google maps.
He added: “How many girls have to be raped and abducted before the West will do anything?”
previously claimed that all the girls, some of whom were Christian, had
converted to Islam and been “married off”. The mass abduction brought
the brutality of the Islamist insurgency to worldwide attention and
prompted the viral social media campaign *BringBackOurGirls.
Boko Haram violence has left at least 17,000 dead and forced more than
2.6 million from their homes since 2009. The Global Terrorism Index
ranks the group as the word’s deadliest terror organisation.
Islamic State fighters who control swathes of Iraq and Syria, has
responded with suicide bombings and hit and run attacks against
In recent months, the insurgents have turned away from direct
confrontation with the military in favour of suicide attacks, which are
increasingly carried out by women and girls – raising fears that they
are kidnap victims.
Less than a week ago, two female suicide bombers killed at least 24
worshippers and wounded 18 in a dawn attack during prayers at a mosque
on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
One bomber detonated the bombs up inside the mosque and the second
waited outside to detonate as survivors tried to escape, said
coordinator Abba Aji of the civilian self-defense Vigilante Group.
Maiduguri, the city that is the military command center of the war
against Boko Haram. Several suicide bombers have exploded recently at
roadblocks leading into the city, preventing attackers from reaching