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Chibok is a Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria, located in the south of the state. Its headquarters are in the town of Chibok. It has an area of 1,350 km² and a population of 66,105 at the 2006 census.

LGA and town
Chibok is located in Nigeria
Coordinates: 10°51′57″N 12°50′49″E / 10.86583°N 12.84694°E / 10.86583; 12.84694
Country Nigeria
StateBorno State
 • Total1,350 km2 (520 sq mi)
417 m (1,368 ft)
 • Total66,105
 • Density49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
Postal code

The town of Chibok is primarily a Christian village with a Muslim minority.[1][2] Most of the village speaks the Kibaku language.[1]

On 14 November 2014 it was reported that the Islamist group Boko Haram had taken control of the town and implemented Sharia law. Nigerian military announced a few days later that they had recaptured the village.[3]

It is one of the sixteen LGAs that constitute the Borno Emirate, a traditional state located in Borno State, Nigeria.[4]

In January 2015, the BringBackOurGirls group aired concerns over plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to exclude Chibok and some communities currently under the control of Boko Haram from receiving permanent voter cards (PVCs) for the 2015 Nigerian general election.[5]

Chibok schoolgirls kidnappingEdit


  1. ^ a b c Adam Nossiter (May 14, 2014). "Tales of Escapees in Nigeria Add to Worries About Other Kidnapped Girls". New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2014. "Most of the Chibok residents are Christians of a small minority group who speak Kibaku, another of Nigeria's myriad languages."
  2. ^ New York Times: "Nigerian Girls Seen in Video From Militants" By ADAM NOSSITERMAY May 12, 2014 |"Chibok is primarily a Christian village, and Mr. Shekau appeared to acknowledge that many of the girls seized were not Muslims. “The girls that have not accepted Islam, they are now gathered in numbers,” he said. “And we treat them well the way the prophet treated the infidels he seized."
  3. ^ "Nigeria army says back in control of Chibok". Al Jazeera. 16 November 2014.
  4. ^ Nigeria (2000). Nigeria: a people united, a future assured. 2, State Surveys (Millennium ed.). Abuja, Nigeria: Federal Ministry of Information. p. 106. ISBN 9780104089.
  5. ^ Chika Mefor; Ejike Ejike (2015-01-08). " Nigeria: Elections - BBOG Group Raises the Alarm Over Plans to Exclude Chibok From Voting". Leadership (Abuja) - Retrieved 2015-01-08.
  6. ^ The Guardian: "Military operation launched to locate kidnapped Nigerian girls" by David Smith May 14, 2014 | "Although most of the abducted girls are Christian, all were wearing Muslim dress and two were singled out to say they had converted to Islam."
  7. ^ BBC: "Nigeria abduction video: Schoolgirls 'recognised'" May 13, 2014 |"The girls' families have said that most of those seized are Christians, although there are a number of Muslims among them."
  8. ^ Oren Dorell (April 21, 2014). "Terrorists kidnap more than 200 Nigerian girls". USA Today. Retrieved April 23, 2014.

Further readingEdit

  • Neher, Gerald A. (2011). Life among the Chibok of Nigeria. McPherson, KS: Gerald Neher Publishing. ISBN 9780983157304.