Another Chibok Girl Escapes From Abductors, Calls Father

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

A parent of one of the abducted Chibok girls has confirmed that his daughter, identified as Halima has escaped from her captors.

Chairman of the group of Parents of the Abducted Chibok girls, Ali Nkeki, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday.

Nkeki said Halima’s father personally confirmed to him that he spoke with his daughter on phone and she told him she was with the military in Maiduguri.

Nkeki, however, said they have not been officially contacted neither do they have details of circumstances surrounding Halima’s escape.

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“I am currently on my way to meet Halima’s father to discuss with him and understand what exactly is going on. For now, we don’t know much.” Nkeki told Channels Television.

The father of the latest escapee lives in a village some 50 kilometers away from Chibok.

Attempts to reach the Media coordinator of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, proved futile as his phone line was switched off.

Channels Television gathered from other sources that several other girls also escaped from their captors but only one of them is from Chibok.

A total of 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their hostel in 2014 by a group of gunmen, sparking international outrage.

57 of them escaped, the government was able to negotiate the rescue of some others, while 102 are still in captivity.

Troops Rescue Abducted Chibok Girl

Army Troops Rescue Abducted Chibok Girl In Borno
Freed Chibok girl, Salomi Pagu

 

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Pulka have rescued one of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists earlier in 2014.

A statement issued by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said the girl was rescued on Thursday.

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“So far, preliminary investigations reveal that the young girl identified as Salomi Pagu is the same as the Chibok girl published on serial 86 of the online list of abducted Chibok girls.

“Currently, the girl who was intercepted in the company of another young girl, Jamila Adams, about 14 years old with a child, are in the safe custody of troops and receiving medical attention,” the statement said.

The rescue comes more than three and half years after the terrorist group abducted over 200 girls from the Government Secondary School in Chibok community of Borno State.

In line with the promises made by the Federal Government to ensure the safe return of the girl, 106 girls have regained their freedom and are already back in school.

We’re Working For Release Of Remaining Chibok Girls, Says Osinbajo

In November 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration was working day and night to secure the release of the remaining girls and other captives in the hands of the terrorists.

The President had made the announcement during a book presentation entitled: ‘Making Steady, Sustainable Progressive for Nigeria’s Peace and Prosperity: A mid-term scorecard on the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.’

“During the year it was my great pleasure to secure the release of 102 Chibok school girls. We are doing our best quietly and effectively as possible to get the rest released.

“We are working day and night with our international partners to release the remaining girls as soon as possible, as well as women and children still in captivity,” Buhari had said.

Also in the previous year, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had sent a clear warning to those engaging in nefarious activities that acts of abduction would not be condoned in Nigeria.

He told a delegation of Girl Child Rights Advocates during a visit to the Presidential Villa that the return of the girls was of great importance to the Federal Government.

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.”

Children’s Day: Women Affairs Minister, Senate President Advise Nigerians

Zainab Maina - women affairsAs Nigeria mark the 2014 Children’s Day, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Zainab Maina, has appealed to parents not to be discouraged by the security situation in the country.

She advised that it was important, irrespective of their fears, to send their children and wards to school.

Mrs Maina, who spoke at a news conference in Abuja, said that it was regrettable that the abduction of the Chibok girls took place when the Federal Government was strategizing on how to balance the gender gap in education.

She ended with a promise to provide psycho-social support, trauma management and counseling for parents and over 200 abducted school girls of Chibok when they are rescued.

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Senator David Mark, has called for prayers for the survival of the Nigerian child so he does not become an endangered specie in the hands of abductors and kidnappers.David Mark in suit

In a goodwill message to mark Children’s Day, the Senate President lamented the non-release of the over 200 Government Secondary School girls abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram sect in Chibok, Borno State.

Senator Mark insisted that it was in realization of the dangers faced by children in today’s world and the need to address same that the National Assembly passed the Child Rights Act into law and pleaded with some state governments yet to implement the Child Rights Law to do so without further delay.

May 27 is the officially recognized date for the celebration of Children’s Day in Nigeria. The date varies from country to country.