Protests in Nigeria for 200 abducted schoolgirls

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Protests in Nigeria for 200 abducted schoolgirls

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Protests took place in the Nigerian capital on Wednesday, with demonstrators calling on security forces to search harder for 200 abducted schoolgirls.

The teenagers were taken from an all-girls secondary school in the war-ravaged northeast over two weeks ago, allegedly by Islamist militants.

Retired civil servant, Halita Aliyu, took part in the protest outside the Nigerian parliament:

“We believe that by coming here we are going to bring the attention of all Nigerians – and especially mothers and parents – to the plight of those children,” she said.

Scores of suspected Boko Haram gunmen are said to have stormed the school in Borno state, packed the 15 to 18-year-olds onto trucks and driven them into the hills along the Cameroon border.

On Tuesday, Ahmad Zannah, senator for Borno state, announced the girls could have been taken as “wives” by the group’s commanders.

The abduction has become a reference point for the government’s perceived impotence against Islamist insurgent raids.

Many have criticised those in power for not doing enough to protect civilians from this type of attack.