- An uncle to one of the recently released Chibok girls, Peter Joseph, has revealed what life in government rehabilitation camps really feels like
- Peter Joseph says the IDP camps feels like just another prison
- With the recent release of 82 Chibok girls, 116 girls are still in Boko Haram bondage.
Peter Joseph, is the uncle of one of the 21 Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram in October 2016.
In a recent interview, Joseph asserted that the rehabilitation camp of the government is “just like another prison”.
In his interview on The Stream, a programme on Al Jazeera, Joseph said he had not been given free access to see his niece, Sarah, since she regained freedom six months ago.
“We were very happy to learn of the news that she was released,” he told Femi Oke, anchor of the programme.
“But we are not very much impressed with the way the government is handling the whole rehabilitation process.
“Nobody is allowed to see them. So, it’s like another imprisonment, but this one has to do with the government.”
He disclosed that he had met with her once since she left Boko Haram captivity, and that was when he travelled to Chibok last December.
Joseph revealed that there were set time limits on visits, and many topics – like her experience as a prisoner – were off limits.
He said he calls her often, but that she is only allowed to talk for two-three minutes before being cut off.
Joseph said his niece told him that “only females can sneak in to see them sometimes but males are not allowed into the compound.”
Last week, the sect released 82 Chibok schoolgirls after a prisoner swap with the government. The freed captives are currently undergoing rehabilitation.
Their release is the biggest since the armed group swarmed Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, kidnapping 276 girls.
Of the 276 girls, 57 managed to escape, while 219 were left with the insurgents. With a total of 103 released, 116 girls are still in bondage.
Government has promised to secure the release of the remaining girls, but for now family members of the girls under rehabilitation are demanding access to their daughters.
In a similar vein, a former Boko Haram commander identified as Joseph David, has confessed marrying two of the 278 school girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, The Nation reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the former 225-year-old Christian said the girls were part of the benefits that accrued to his office as a Boko Haram commander.
Kidnapped at the age of 22 in 2014 from Mubi, Adamawa state, David claims he was indoctrinated and trained to become an Islamist combatant by the Boko Haram terrorist.