Nigeria offers reward for info on kidnapped girls

A woman attends a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped Chibok school girls, outside the defense headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, May 6, 2014.

Nigeria is offering cash reward for information leading to the rescue of over 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram group.

On Wednesday, police offered a reward of USD 300,000 for anyone who can provide credible info leading to the rescue of the girls.

“The 50m naira reward would be given to anyone who volunteers credible information that will lead to the location and rescue of the female students, the police said in a statement, adding, “The police high command also reassures all citizens that any information given would be treated anonymously and with utmost confidentiality.”

This comes as Nigerian government has stepped up its efforts to find the whereabouts of the school girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram group last month.

The abduction, which took place in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, has triggered an international outcry and protests in Nigeria, piling pressure on the government to bring the girls back.

Boko Haram members initially abducted 276 girls, but at least 53 of them managed to escape. In the latest kidnapping by Boko Haram on Sunday, at least 11 girls were abducted in the Gwoza area of the northeastern Borno state.

The group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.

Several regions of Nigeria have been hit by deadly violence in recent years. Over the past four years, violence in the north of Africa’s most populous country has claimed the lives of 3,600 people, including killings by the security forces.

By Press TV

 

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