Members of Boko Haram sect stormed Governmental Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS) in the northeastern village of Chibok, Borno State in the night of April 14, 2014, and seized over 270 girls.
Some of the abducted schoolgirls have escaped, but about 200 still remain missing.
About two weeks after the abduction, it was revealed that the missing Chibok girls allegedly were forced to marry Boko Haram insurgents. Later, May 12, 2014, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the terrorist group Boko Haram, released a video showing some of the girls where he offered a prisoner swap for jailed comrades. Shekau also threatened to sell the girls into slavery. It was gathered that the abducted girls were converted to Islam from Christianity against their will.
Nigerian police have offered a N50 million reward for any information that could lead to identifying the whereabouts of the girls, while the United States has put a $7 million bounty on Shekau.
The abductions have triggered a social media campaign under the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls and the United States, Britain, France and Israel have offered help or sent experts to Nigeria to assist the effort.