Women abducted from police convoy speak in new Boko Haram video

The Boko Haram insurgent group has released a video purportedly showing images of women the group said it kidnapped while they were travelling in a police convoy on June 21, 2017.

The insurgent group had on the said date, attacked a convoy conveying the corpse of a deceased police officer and in a video released a few days after the attack claimed that the abducted women were police officers.

But the Police in a swift response denied that any of its personnel were kidnapped during the attack.

But in a video, published by Sahara Reporters, the women, who did not say they are police officers, pleaded with the Nigerian government to negotiate with the terrorists for their release.

The 4:35 minutes video footage featured a hooded Boko Haram member introducing the women and thereafter asked two of them to deliver their message to the Nigerian government.

The video showed about 10 of the women who appeared traumatized but well kept.

One of the abducted women who introduced herself as Deborah Philemon said their captors had been very nice to them, although it appeared she had been rehearsed by her captors for the speech.

“My name is Deborah Philemon. What I want to tell the people of Nigeria is that in all honesty, you (Boko Haram) have been taking good care of us since the time you picked us to this place, you have been providing care to those that were wounded.

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“We have never been hungry for a single day; you give us water and all that we need to feed with. The government of Nigeria should not deny that we have been kidnapped; we are kidnapped and here we are. We thank you, people, that have been taking good care of us.”

After the speech by Mrs. Philemon, some of the women were shown sobbing as the Boko Haram gunman standing in front of them directed the next woman to make her speech.

Another woman who introduced herself as Amina Adam Gambiya, the woman, who appeared to be in her 50s, said she is a staff of the Federal College of Fresh Water Fishery, Baga.

“My name is Amina Adam Gambiya. I am a staff of Federal College of Fresh Water Fishery, Baga. I am a lecturer. We want the government to know that among us are government workers, some are not. We are all humans. We want government to come to our rescue the way they did to the Chibok schoolgirls; government should not abandon us because we are all citizens.

“This happened to me when I was on my way traveling. So, on behalf of all the women here, both those that are federal government workers and those that are not, the government should do the needful just as it did to the Chibok schoolgirls so that we could be freed.

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“Among the women here, there are some five of us that are breadwinners of their families. No one should doubt that we are abducted. Here we are; it is clear that we have been abducted for nearly 30 days. We beg you to do all that is best to come and release us; we are in distress here.”

The video ended abruptly after the speech by Mrs. Gombiya.