Latest report shows that Boko Haram insurgents had gone to steal food items and the bricklaying machine of the Chibok Secondary School, Borno, before, on a second thought, they decided to abduct the schoolgirls.
The Wall Street Journal, recently making revelations of the incident, reports that it was only after they had stolen the machine that one of them raised question, “What shall we do with them (the girls)?”
The WSJ report added, “The night of the attack, when the girls emerged in the courtyard, they could see the men were not soldiers. They wore unkempt beards, flip-flops and tattered uniforms.
“Several were raiding the school cafeteria, stealing sacks of rice, beans and pasta. Others poured gasoline on the school to torch it.
“Boko Haram had not come to abduct the students. It had come to steal the school’s brickmaking machine. The insurgents had been on a kidnapping spree, and their camps faced a housing shortage.
“A commander fired his rifle in the air and demanded to know where the machine was kept. Once they found it, the fighters hoisted it onto a truck.
“As they prepared to leave, one militant, motioning to the students, asked a fateful question. What shall we do with them?
“The unit’s commander turned to the girls. ‘Shekau will know what to do with them,’ he said.
“The fighters ordered the students to climb into their trucks. The teenagers linked hands and arms as they stumbled through the dark.”