Nigeria schoolgirl kidnappings

Inside Nigeria's Kidnap Crisis

Thousands of Nigerians have fallen victim, millions of dollars in ransoms have been paid.
Nigeria is in the grip of a kidnapping epidemic. Thousands of Nigerians have fallen victim, and millions of dollars in ransoms have been paid.

But the Intelligence Response Team, led by a man nicknamed “Nigeria’s Super Cop”, are taking the fight to the kidnappers. Is the unit the solution to the Nigeria’s kidnap crisis?

BBC Africa’s Kunle Falayi has been given exclusive access to the unit.

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Read the secret diaries of the Chibok girls

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Two 40-page notebooks used as diaries survive

It's the fourth anniversary tomorrow of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls taken from their school in Chibok by Boko Haram militants.

More than 100 of them remain in captivity, including Sarah Samuel, who wrote many of the entries in a diary smuggled out by her friend when she was released last year.

The girls used exercise books, given to them for the Koranic classes they were made to attend, to chronicle some of their experiences.

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Sarah Samuel, who wrote many entries, is still held by Boko Haram

Last year, journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani spoke to one of freed Chibok girls about how they managed to keep the diary a secret.

Read her account of the Chibok diaries: Chronicling a Boko Haram kidnapping

Dapchi father describes pain at second separation

The father of one of the released Dapchi schoolgirls has described his pain after she was taken away to the capital to meet the president within hours of her return.

After his daughter her was freed from Boko Haram and reunited with her family, the unnamed father told BBC Newsday "the painful thing is you don't seem to have a right over your daughter".

The girls have been flown to the capital, Abuja, where they are due to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.

The father told the BBC:

The army came to our houses and asked us to take them [our daughters] to our hospital and we complied. But after we took them there we were prevented from seeing or talking to them.

The painful thing is you don't seem to have a right over your daughter. Even though I assured her I wouldn't leave her there, we were all asked to leave and they took them away."

Some parents have told the BBC they got just 20 minutes with their daughter before she was taken to hospital, and from there to the capital, Abuja.

Listen to the father's account in full below:

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Nearly all of the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants in the town of Dapchi last month were returned yesterday, the government says.

Officials have said at least 101 girls were reunited with their families after being brought back to the town.

Reports suggest at least five girls died during their ordeal, and that a Christian girl remains captive.