The Human Rights Watch (HRW) disclosed that many Nigerians are not aware of the fact that the Boko Haram terror group kidnapped 501 children from Damasak and the government kept mute on the matter.
The HRW revealed that about 501 school children were kidnapped in 2014 in Damasak under the past administration before the issue of the Chibok girls came to light.
The group described this as the highest level of kidnapping in the Northeastern part of the country.
HRW confirmed the abduction from a researcher, Mausi Segun, who reported that the terror group on November 24, 2014 abducted hundreds of children in Damasak.
Segun reported that, local rulers tendered a list of 501 missing children to the police and local government officials in April 2015, when the area was freed from the grip of Boko Haram, but no response was received.
Various reports online during this period accused the then administration of acting sluggish in the popular abduction of 276 girls in a school in Chibok.
Nothing was heard of on the kidnapping in Damasak.
According to Vanguard, Segun revealed that;
“While international attention and concern has focused on the April 2014 Chibok schoolgirls’ abduction, hundreds of other children are also missing in Nigeria’s beleaguered northeast.
“Authorities should provide regular updates to relatives about efforts to locate and rescue all victims of Boko Haram abductions.”