A 16-year-old abducted female student of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State, has given birth to a child in captivity, PRNigeria reports.
The young mother is among 11 remaining female students yet to be released after gunmen abducted over 100 students and eight teachers in the mixed boarding school on June 17, 2021.
A few days after the abduction, security operatives succeeded in rescuing some of the students, while others escaped from the gunmen in the process of taking them away. The bandits also released the teachers and 30 of the students.
The girl, whose name could not be confirmed at press time, delivered a baby boy in the abductors’ forest camp, according to sources.
One of the sources said that the parents of the 11 remaining schoolgirls in captivity expressed great concern despite payments of ransom and prisoner swaps with abductors at different times.
“When the government, especially Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, ruled out negotiation with the armed group, which demanded ransom, families of the abducted students contributed and paid the ransom for the release of their daughters.
“It is disheartening that the bandits collected huge ransoms and married off some of the victims and yet refused to release the remaining abductees,” the source added.