Rescued Chibok Girl In Abuja Says She Wants To Go Home

Amina AliOne of the over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls rescued from Boko Haram after two years in captivity in northeast Nigeria said she just wants to go home.

Amina Ali and her four-month-old baby were rescued in May near Damboa in Borno State by soldiers and a civilian vigilante group, more than two years after being kidnapped by the Islamist militants from a school in Chibok in northeast Nigeria.

After her rescue sparked a blaze of global media attention, the 21-year-old and her child have since been hidden away in a house in the capital Abuja for what the Nigerian government has called a “restoration process”.
She granted an interview to Reuters.

In her first interview since her rescue she said: “I just want to go home – I don’t know about school.

“I will decide about school when I get back, but I have no idea when I will be going home,” Ali said, speaking softly while staring at the ground.

Boko Haram kidnapped 219 girls from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014, as part of an insurgency which began in 2009 to set up an Islamic state in the north that has killed some 15,000 people and displaced more than two million.

Some girls escaped in the melee but parents of those still missing accused former President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s then leader, of not doing enough to find their daughters, whose disappearance sparked a global campaign #bringbackourgirls.

Ali spoke to Reuters days after the Islamist group published a video showing dozen of the girls.

In the video published by the militants on social media on Sunday, a masked man stands behind a group of the girls, and says some of their classmates have been killed in air strikes.

While Ali had not heard about the video, she said Boko Haram had told the abducted girls that everyone was looking for them.

“I think about them a lot – I would tell them to be hopeful and prayerful,” Ali said. “In the same way God rescued me, he will also rescue them.”

Eating Raw Maize

Ali, who was found by the army in May along with a suspected Boko Haram militant, Mohammed Hayatu, claiming to be her husband, said she was unhappy to have been separated from the father of her four-month-old baby girl.

“I want him to know that I am still thinking about him,” Ali said, relaxing and lifting her gaze off the ground only to breastfeed her child when she was brought into the room to feed.

“Just because we got separated, that does not mean that I don’t think about him,” Ali added.

Ali’s mother, Binta Ali spent two months with her daughter before going home to Chibok. She said last month she feared for Ali’s future.

She said her daughter had wanted to further her education before being kidnapped, but now she was afraid of school and wanted a sewing machine to start a business making clothes.

Ali told her mother earlier this month that the girls, who are being held in Sambisa forest, were starved and resorted to eating raw maize, and that some had died in captivity, suffered broken legs or gone deaf after being too close to explosions.

President Buhari Meets Rescued Chibok Girl, Offers Scholarship

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Amina Ali in State House, Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the Federal Government will be responsible for the education and upkeep of Amina Ali, the Chibok girl who was rescued on Tuesday from the Boko Haram insurgents for the rest of her life.

The President made the announcement on Thursday after meeting with Amina, her mother and the Borno State Governor, Shettima Kassim, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that every girl has the right to education and should not be denied access to such.

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Amina Ali and her mother at the Presidential Villa.

Full Reintegration
President Buhari assured that the Federal Government would do everything possible to ensure that the rest of Amina’s life takes a completely different course.

He also promised to give the rescued Chibok girl the best medical, psychological and emotional care, amongst other things, she requires to be fully reintegrated into the society.

The President decried a situation where Amina’s education was so abruptly truncated by Boko Haram, promising to make her education a priority of the Federal Government.

Amina is the first of the 219 Chibok girls to be rescued from the den of the Boko Haram terrorists.

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A cross section of State Governors in the State House meeting between President Buhari and rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali.

Some state governors were also at the meeting between the President and rescued mother of one.

Her rescue has been widely celebrated within the country and beyond and has raised renewed hopes about the other abducted girls.

19-year-old Amina was found by the civilian JTF with a four month old baby and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claims to be her husband.

Secretary of the Association of Parents of the Abducted Chibok Girls, Zanna Usman, confirmed that Amina told her rescuers that six of her colleagues died in Boko Haram’s captivity.

The acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, says the alleged husband is undergoing further investigation at the Joint Intelligence Centre.

“Mohammed Hayatu is well treated in line with Operation Lafiya Dole Rules of Engagement regarding insurgents who voluntarily surrender to the military,” the Army spokesman added.

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Amina Ali handed over to Borno State Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima.

After her rescue, Amina Ali, was handed over to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shetima, at Government house, Maiduguri, the state capital.

She was handed over on Wednesday evening by the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu in a brief ceremony.

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Amina’s son being examined by the military hospital personnel.

Prior to that they were examined at Air Force medical facility and were found to be stable and normal blood pressure was observed.

 

 

Forced By Hunger

Military sources in Damboa, who accompanied Amina to Maiduguri, told Channels Television that “Hayatu, one of the Boko Haram commanders also known as “Amir” reportedly escaped with his wife from the Sambisa forest and surrendered to Civilian Joint Task Force members in Balle, a village in Damboa.

The commander of the outlawed group stated hunger and ill health as reasons for his action as according to him his family would have starved to death following the blocking of supply routes by intensive military operations.

Rescued Chibok Girl Handed Over To Borno Governor Shettima

chibok girl, Shettima, Borno, Amina AliThe rescued Chibok school girl, Amina Ali, has been handed over to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shetima, at Government house, Maiduguri, the state capital.

She was handed over on Wednesday evening by the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu in a brief ceremony.

According to Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, Amina Ali was airlifted by Nigeria Air Force Super Puma aircraft from Damboa to Maiduguri alongside her baby and supposed husband, Mohammed Hayatu.

Prior to that they were examined at Air Force medical facility and were found to be stable and normal blood pressure was observed.chibok girl, Shettima, Borno, Amina Ali

Thereafter, she was released to the Operation Lafiya Dole headquarters for further investigation and handing over.

After preliminary investigation, the rescued girl and her baby were handed over to the Governor.chibok girl, Shettima, Borno, Amina Ali

She is expected in Abuja on Thursday to meet with President Buhari along with her parents.

Meanwhile, the supposed husband is undergoing further investigation at Joint Intelligence Centre.

The Army spokesman stated, “Mohammed Hayatu is well treated in line with Operation Lafiya Dole Rules of Engagement regarding insurgents who voluntarily surrender to the military.”

Rescued Chibok Girl, Others Arrives Borno State Government House

Recovered_GirlThe rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali, has arrived the Borno State Government House in Maiduguri, the state capital.

She was rescued on Wednesday with a child and other women in Sambisa following military operations in conjunction with the Civilian JTF members.

She has since been reunited tearfully with her family in Balala village.

The Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima, is expected to make a statement after meeting with the freed mother of one.

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Suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be Amina Ali’s husband.

The Nigerian military in a statement said “troops of 25 Brigade Damboa in conjunction with Civilian JTF deployed in one of the blocking positions at Baale, near Damboa rescued one Miss Amina Ali and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband.

“Both were brought to Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa at about 2.30pm today (Wednesday)”.

Abducted Chibok Girls: One Rescued, Six Dead In Captivity

Recovered_GirlMembers of the Civilian Joint Task Force operating in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State have rescued one of the abducted Chibok girls, while six have died in captivity.

Amina Ali, who was rescued on Wednesday, was abducted along with over 200 of her schoolmates in the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in the middle of the night in April 2014.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunoh, reports that a member of the Civilian JTF, involved in the rescue said “six of her classmates have died in captivity”, adding that “throughout their stay in Sambisa Forest, they were heavily guarded”.

The rescued mother of one said for now, she is not aware of the condition of the girls still in captivity.

Secretary of the Association of Parents of the Abducted Chibok Girls, Zanna Usman confirmed Amina’s return to Channels TV Correspondent via a phone call.

Usman said that Amina, who was found with a child with other women in Sambisa, following military operations told the civilian JTF members that she was taken from Chibok.

Usman said that he has met Amina, who has since been reunited tearfully with her family in Balala village.

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Suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be Amina Ali’s husband.

The Nigerian military in a statement said “troops of 25 Brigade Damboa in conjunction with Civilian JTF deployed in one of the blocking positions at Baale, near Damboa rescued one Miss Amina Ali and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband.

“Both were brought to Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa at about 2.30pm today (Wednesday)”.

The statement, signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, added that “preliminary investigation shows that she is indeed one of the abducted Chibok School girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 14th April 2014 in Chibok and her name is Amina Ali as against Falmata Mbalala that was earlier stated.

“In addition, she is a nursing mother with a 4 month old baby girl who was named Safiya”, he said.

Col Usman further noted that “both the suspected Boko Haram terrorist and the nursing mother have been taken to Maiduguri for further medical attention and screening”.

Governor Kashim Shettima was in a meeting with United Nations Humanitarian Affairs officials at the Borno Government said that he had received the news of the rescue but was yet to be briefed.