The Inspector General of Police [IGP], Usman Baba has revealed that some of the rescued Chibok girls might be suffering from Stockholm syndrome.
Baba said some of the girls who have been put in the family way by their abductors were rescued while wandering in the bush but surprisingly, are making different attempts and guises to go back to their captors.
The IG stated that some of the girls have been coming out gradually and have claimed they have only come to see their parents but would be going back. “Even last month, you saw a Chibok girl coming out with two or three kids and said she only came to greet her parents and she wants to go back. So, maybe they have been assimilated or acclimatized with the situation and being indoctrinated and had become part and parcel of those, who have abducted them”
Speaking on the measures deployed to rescue all the Chibok girls, he said, “It is a continuous effort. It would be an exercise in futility if terrorists, who were armed, abducted persons and the police went in search of them under captivity, using extreme force. So, we are still on it, there is hope”
Recall that 276 female students, mostly Christian aged 16 to 18 were kidnapped by the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, from the Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria in April 2014.
57 of the schoolgirls escaped immediately following the incident by jumping from the trucks on which they were being transported, and others have been rescued by the Nigerian Armed Forces on various occasions.
However, while some of the girls are believed to be dead, others have been used as negotiating pawns in prisoner exchanges for some of the captured Boko Haram commanders in jail.
Over 80 Chibok girls are still in Boko Haram captivity, including 29 students of Federal Government College Birni Yauri, Kebbi State.