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#BringBackOurGirls Group asks FG to Release & Reinstate Jailed Soldiers

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Bring Back Our Girls is an advocacy group that emerged in April 30th, 2014, after the abduction of 276 schoolgirls, from their secondary school hostel, in Chibok LGA of Borno State by Boko Haram.

However, the group which is popularly known by its #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), has called on the Federal Government to reinstate jailed soldiers who ran from the war front, against the Boko Haram sect.

The group made the appeal in Abuja, during a meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, on Tuesday.

Led by BBOG’s Co-convener, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, they presented several issues before the Attorney General, including an immediate recall of the military men who were jailed for cowardice at the war front without arms.

The group also asked the Federal Government to make public to Nigerians, the details of the Fact-Finding Committee report on the mass abduction of the Chibok girls in April, 2014.

In his response, Mr Malami advised the BBOG group to explore the Freedom of Information Bill and make their request in a letter to the Federal Government.

He assured the group that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would continue to stand by justice, especially through a newly established national prosecution team set up by the government.

More so, Malami told the group that the Federal Government would not consider plea bargain as an option for anyone facing prosecution for terrorism and financial crimes.

It is over a year since the abduction of the secondary school girls by the dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram and despite efforts made so far to search and rescue them by the Nigerian military, their whereabout still remains unknown.