The Defence Headquarters has refuted media reports that many of the over 200 schoolgirls, who were kidnapped in April, 2014 from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, have been impregnated by members of the Boko Haram sect.
The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, said the publication by a national newspaper (not The PUNCH) that one of the girls, who escaped from the insurgents and handed over to the military at Baga, made the claim, was misleading and spurious.
He urged members of the public to discountenance the reports, describing it as false.
He said while the security agencies would continue to sustain the search for the Chibok girls and others being held captive by the insurgents, they would not give credence to misleading reports with no genuine source of information.
Abubakar argued that there was no moral justification for the false publication.
He said, “The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to the above-captioned published in a national daily of Saturday, October 10, 2015 in which it claimed one of the Chibok girls, who escaped from terrorists’ captivity, was handed to the military post in Baga.
“The spurious report by the national daily is not only misleading but is once again another unconscionable outing, as there is no iota of truth in its entirety, hence should be disregarded.
“In as much as the Nigerian military and other security agencies are working round the clock to secure the release of not only the Chibok girls but also other innocent citizens, who are held hostage by the terrorists, it will not give credence to misleading reports, which have no true source as we have repeatedly pledged to inform Nigerians on the true situation in our ongoing operations.”
He pledged that the security forces, like all Nigerians and the friends of the country, were determined to bring the insurgency to an end.
The Acting Defence spokesman added that the recent release of hundreds of women and children from the captivity of the Boko Haram showed clearly that the security agencies had not relented on the search for the abducted schoolgirls.