The Police is insisting that, contrary to claims by leader of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, none of its female personnel is in his captivity.
Shekau in a video had claimed the policewomen in the possession of his group had become the group’s slaves.
But in a statement from its Borno Command, the Police said: “The attention of Borno State Police Command has been drawn to media reports over the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on Military/Police escorted convoy at Abari/Dalwa village Maiduguri/Damboa highway on 20th June, 2017 at about 1130hrs.
“According to one of these reports, that “sixteen (16) female passengers in the bus trailing the ambulance carrying late Sgt Rahila’s corpse were Police women and wives of Policemen asked to accompany the burial party. And all of them were taken away by BHT”.
“In another recently released video on You-Tube where Boko Haram claims responsibility for the attack on (the) military convoy, its leader Abubakar Shekau, claims to have women Police personnel and wives of Senior Police officers in the custody of the Boko Haram.
“For avoidance of doubts, and to put records straight, there are no Police women under Boko Haram terrorist’s captivity as claimed by the sect leader.
“The Command wishes to reiterate as contained in an earlier Press Briefing by the Commissioner of Police, CP Damian A. Chukwu, on 20/06/2017 that:
– Police lorry with Reg. No. NPF 2677 D was carted away. – Occupants comprise personnel, relations and burial party for late Sgt Rahila Antikirya.
– Driver of the Police lorry, Sgt Kubura Mwada, was shot and injured on his back. He was able to jump down from the lorry and escaped.
– Personnel missing are Inspr Fatsuma Sale and Cpl Abubakar Haruna. There is no evidence in the video clip indicating that they are in the captivity of the sect.
– Other occupants of the lorry are either relations or sympathizers of the deceased, and were all reported missing in the earlier press briefing.
“They took advantage of the space in the lorry conveying personal effects of the deceased Police woman and joined the burial party.
“The Command, therefore, wishes to advise media organisations and the general public to disregard the claim(s) in the video, as well as social media reports as they are not a true representation of that unfortunate incident.
In his video, Shekau took time out to tease the military’s claim of the defeat of his group, showing only still images of the abducted women.
“I want to tell you that we were the ones who that attacked the convoy, here are the vehicles for all to witness, we are the ones that abducted the female police officers, in fact, they are senior female police officers.
“What we did is nothing when compared to our women, children, and friends that have been wiped out or arrested for many years by the Nigerian government. We only abducted them to serve as slaves to us.”