Skip to main content
Duquesne Home Library Home Ask a Librarian Research Databases QuickSearch E-Z Borrow Course Reserves ILLiad Library Hours Citation Management Renew Materials

Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances: Nigeria

In international human rights law, an enforced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly abducted by a state, political organization, or by a third party.


Amnesty International reports that hundreds to thousands of citizens in Nigeria are victims of enforced and involuntary disappearances.² The most famous case of involuntary disappearances in Nigeria is the abduction of 270 schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State in April 2014 by the extremist group Boko Haram³.

Find more information on Nigeria's enforced disappearances and human rights:


On April 14, 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. The terrorist group known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility, citing their agenda to capture young women and force them into slavery¹. Since this date, nearly 200 students are still missing².