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Nigeria: Boko Haram

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd April 2018.

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Photo of Lord Selkirk of Douglas Lord Selkirk of Douglas Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the abduction of 110 schoolgirls from a school in the town of Dapchi, Nigeria by Boko Haram last month and the recent return of around 100 of those schoolgirls; and whether they plan to provide any assistance to the government of Nigeria to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We welcome the news that some of the Dapchi girls have been released and offer our condolences to the families of those reported to have died.

Attacks on schools and abductions of children are abhorrent and must stop.

The UK provides a substantial and increasing package of intelligence, military and development support to help Nigeria fight terrorism. This includes training and advice for Nigerian armed forces deploying against Boko Haram/Islamic State in West Africa and £5 million to support the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

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