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Published On: Mon, May 26th, 2014

We’ll not conceal our findings, says Panel on Chibok

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Nigeria-Kidnapped-GirlsThe Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls at the weekend said that it would not sweep any of its findings under the carpet.

The spokesman of the Committee, Mr. Kingsley Osadolor, in a statement issued in Maiduguri said that this would enable the committee to produce credible reports at the end of its assignment.

Osadolor said the committee held consultations with wide range of stakeholders during its visit to Maiduguri.

“Members of the committee arrived in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Sunday, May 18. Over the past eight days, the committee held consultations and interactions with a broad spectrum of stakeholders and credible sources relevant to the committee’s assignment.

“Among those with whom the committee interfaced are the Shehu of Borno, military commanders, heads of para-military formations, the state Commissioner of Police, and state Director of the Department of Security Service. The committee also had intensive engagement with the Principal, Vice Principals (Administration and Academic) of Government Secondary School, Chibok, where the mass abduction took place; the Matrons of the hostels, the head cook, and security guards on duty on the day of the incident (April 14, 2014).

“Others with whom the committee interacted are the Borno state Commissioner for Education, the Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima; and Borno Elders Forum,’’ he said.

Osadolor said the committee also interacted with the District Head of Chibok, representatives of the Chibok communities, and the local government chairman.

He said that the committee found the interactions very useful and had made tremendous progress in its assignment

“In the course of its mission to Borno state, the fact-finding committee amassed a treasure trove of information on the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls and insurgency in general. But specific details cannot be given just yet,’’ Osadolor said.

He said that the committee returned to Abuja yesterday, after spending the past week in Borno.

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