Hundreds of people took part in an Anti Terror rally outside Nigerian Embassy at Northumberland Avenue. The rally comes following a year where terror by the Boka Haram militants has increased in the north of the country. Last year the militants kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls in April, with thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria and north Cameroon.
On the night of 14-15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an extremist and terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria. 57 of the schoolgirls managed to escape over the next few months and some have described their capture in appearances at international human rights conferences.
Since then hopes were raised on various occasions that the 219 remaining girls might be released. Newspaper reports suggested that Boko Haram was hoping to use the girls as negotiating pawns in exchange for some of their commanders in jail.
In May 2016, one of the missing girls, Amina Ali, was found. She claimed that the remaining girls were still there, but that six had died. A further 21 girls were freed in October 2016.