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13 Girls Amongst Those Left Behind After The Release Of 60

Harsh weather conditions and the risk of abuse raises fears as female captives remain in captivity following negotiated release of 60 abductees in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

Thirteen girls and two women, among almost 70 worshippers kidnapped at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, are still in captivity, HumAngle can report.

Some of the victims who have been released disclosed this to HumAngle.

“The 13 girls are unmarried while two of the women are married,” Iliya, one of the victims, told HumAngle. “They said they won’t release them until the rest of the ransom is paid. They let all the men go.”

The women were likely left behind because they are considered by the armed groups and terrorists operating in the region as premium targets.


It was earlier reported that the Kaduna State Government received over 60 victims of abductions within the state from the Nigerian military.

Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, pointed out that although some were kidnapped along Kachia road in Southern Kaduna, victims of the Oct. 31 attack on Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji were in the majority.  

The government had not referred to whether ransom was paid.

Two victims were reportedly killed, while another two survived bullet wounds in the Emmanuel Baptist Church attack.


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Nathaniel Bivan

Nathaniel Bivan is Regional Editor Northwest/Central and Head of Solutions Journalism Desk at HumAngle. He tweets @nathanielbivan

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