BBOG Identifies Latest Rescued Chibok Girl As School Prefect

released-chibok-girlThe Bring Back Our Girls campaign group has identified the latest Chibok girl, Maryam Ali Maiyanga, found by the military as a school prefect.

“She is from Askira Uba and was abducted along with her twin, Halima Ali (Number 197), who is yet to return,” a statement on Saturday by the spokesperson of the group, Sesugh Akume, read.

The group welcomed the news of the return of the abducted girl taken with some other girls from their schools’ dormitory in Chibok community in Borno State on April 14, 2014.

It said that preliminary investigations on their part, showed that Maryam was the number 198 on their list of the over 200 abducted girls.

“We applaud the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and other security formations working day and night to rout the terrorists and rescue all Nigerians in captivity.

“The news of the death of the Commanding Officer of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Abu Ali, a highly-rated, young officer and four other members of his team, in a separate incident at Mallam Fatori, is unfortunate and saddening.

“We send our heartfelt condolences especially to their families, and the Nigerian military,” the statement further read.

The group also said it would update the public with more details in relation to the girl as necessary.

Reports from the spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman, state that Maryam was found amongst a group of fellow escapees by troops of 121 Battalion, Nigerian Army, deployed at Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State.

Since the abduction of the girls by member of the Boko Haram terrorist group less than 50 of them had been rescued.

Last month, the release of 21 of the girls was secured by the Federal Government after negotiation with the terrorist group that had requested for prisoners swap.

The government said it secured the release of the girls based on trust and that no member of the terrorist group held was released  in exchange.

President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed his readiness to release the girls in a swap deal that the group had asked for.

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.