Monday, March 21, 2016

US and UK government knew the whereabouts of Chibok girls and did nothing?

The whole world sympathized and came together to help find the over 200 missing school girls in Chibok, Borno state after they went missing in 2014. However new revelations suggest that at least 80 of the missing school girls could have been recovered by the UK and US if they had acted on information available to them.

Dr Andrew Pocock, former British high commissioner to Nigeria, has 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.

“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 large encampment,” Pocock said.

 He said the girls were there for at least four weeks but authorities were “powerless” to intervene – and the Nigerian government did not ask for help anyway.

“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 that: “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 don’t.”

In an investigation by Christina Lamb for the Sunday Times Magazine, Dr Pocock said the information was passed to the Nigerians but they made no request for help.

The Magazine has also seen brutal rape videos which show schoolgirls are being used as sex slaves by the terrorists.

Ms Lamb reports: “They film schoolgirls being raped over and over again until their scream become silent Os.”

Could this be true?

Excerpt from PM News Nigeria

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