Amnesty International calls on Nigerian authorities to intensify efforts to ensure release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls

Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian authorities to intensify their efforts to secure the safe release and return of 82, who were abducted by Boko Haram fighters in 2014 along with dozens others released later.

In its statement released Sunday, Amnesty International revealed that since the Chibok abduction in 2014, there have been at least 17 cases of mass abductions, involving over 1,700 children who were seized from their schools by gunmen, confirming that the children often endured serious abuses, including rape.

The international humanitarian organization also criticized the lack of effective measures by the Nigerian authorities to prevent attacks on schools and address the problem of child abductions in the African country.

Investigations by Amnesty International reveal that the state of education in Chibok and its surrounding communities, is still being impacted by the 2014 abductions. They emphasized that the abduction of children and attacks on schools may constitute war crimes.

Amnesty International also called on the Nigerian authorities to promptly, thoroughly, impartially, independently, transparently and effectively investigate allegations of forced marriage between 20 Chibok women rescued in the last two years and former Boko Haram fighters in a centre provided by Borno state government in Maiduguri.

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