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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.


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 Haram.

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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. In 2022, 112 girls are still missing.