Accusing fingers are being pointed at the Vice Principal (Academic) of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria where over 260 female students were kidnapped on the night of April 14, 2014. Parents of the missing chibok girls said the vice principal is culpable in their kidnap.
According to a report on Sahara Reporters, the parents claimed the role allegedly played by the vice principal Yerima Banjiri was questionable. They leveled the allegations while speaking to a SR correspondent
Mariam Abubakar, one of the abducted girls’ mother, said the vice principal had told the school girls that any one of them who failed to sleep in the school the night of the abduction would be expelled.
“A week before their abductions, Malam Yerima threatened the students not to leave for their various homes. He said that whoever went home should forget she was ever a student of the school. He told the girls that none of them should go home, that they must sleep in the school. However, none of the teachers’ daughters or even the daughters of the management staff was among those kidnapped. Only the children of we poor people were asked to sleep in the school. The [teachers and administrators] had kept their children in safer places before Boko Haram arrived,” the distraught mother accused the vice president and possibly other staff of conniving with Boko Haram.
“Our concern is that since the day of [the girls’] abduction, we have never set our eyes on Malam Yerima. He is on the run,” Mariam Abubakar said.
A father of an abducted girl, who also criticized what he characterized as the Federal Government’s approach of levity in dealing with the abduction, said;
“We have lost confidence in the Nigerian government’s, reaction to our missing children. Nobody asked the teachers any questions. In fact they are moving free in cities. Why has the government not investigated any of the teachers,?” he asked.
One of the parents told Sahara Reporters that they had been warned not to speak about their suspicion of the vice principal and other teachers and administrators. But several of the parents and relatives of the abducted girls said they had run out of patience after more than a year since the abduction with little or no hope of their daughters’ rescue.