Metro Nigerian Gov't Still Imprisoning My Sister, Other Freed Chibok girls - Uncle


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Peter Joseph, Uncle to one of the earlier-released Chibok schoolgirls has alleged that the President Buhari- led Nigerian government is still imprisoning her sister, and other girls despite being freed from the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Few days ago, 82 of schoolgirls were released after a swap-deal between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram. The release is the biggest since the islamic fundamentalist whisked away the 276 girls from their school on April 2014.

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Peter's Joseph's sister, Sarah was one of one of the 21 schoolgirls released by Boko Haram in October 2016.

More than six months later, Sarah is still in a government rehabilitation camp where the girls rarely see their families.

In a recent interview on Aljazeera's The Stream with Femi Oke, Peter said: “We were very happy to learn of the news that she was released,but we are not very much impressed with the way the government is handling the whole rehabilitation process.”

Since her release, Peter has only seen his niece once, when he travelled to Chibok last December. Even then, he says there were set time limits on visits, and many topics – like her experience as a prisoner - were off limits. He calls her often, but said she is only allowed to talk for two-three minutes before being cut off.

Peter said his niece told him that “only females can sneak in to see them sometimes but males are not allowed into the compound.”

“Nobody is allowed to see them,” he said. “So it’s like another imprisonment, but this one has to do with the government.”

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