One of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014 has been rescued by Nigerian troops in Pulka, Gwoza local government are of Borno state.
A press statement issued by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army Col. Sani Usman said the girl named Maryam Ali Maiyanga was discovered while the army was screening latest escapees from Sambisa fresh about 6:00 AM Nigeria time early Saturday.
The rescued girl was carrying a 10-month old baby reportedly born to a Boko Haram commander. We are getting there.
The Nigeria Army on Saturday officially handed over a newly rescued Chibok girl Maryam Ali Maiyanga with her 10-month-old son to the Borno state government after she was rescued near Pulka in Gwoza local government area of Borno state in an early morning operation by troops.
Speaking during the handing over, the Theatre Commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major Gen. Lucky Irabor told the representative of the Borno State Governor that Maryam was rescued from Boko Haram terrorists at about 6: am Nigerian time.
“She revealed to our troops that her Boko Haram “husband” who is the father of her 10-month old baby named Ali was killed during one of the military operations in Sambisa Forest.”
The Nigerian Army had earlier issued a statement that Ms. Ali was identified as one of the 219 missing Chibok girls while screening some escapees from Boko Haram terrorist hideout in Sambisa forest during a morning raid, The army had said they discovered one of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in 2014 from at Government Secondary School Chibok girls, named Maryam Ali Maiyanga among them.
“I believe, and we are hopeful that all the other captives would be released. This has come, and it has strengthened our hope that the rest would be rescued.” Maj Gen. Irabor stated.
The representative of Borno Governor at the handing over the ceremony, Borno state Commissioner for Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawal applauded the efforts of the military toward securing the release of all victims of Boko Haram.
“We want to thank you for rescuing our precious girl, this is indeed a great achievement not only for the state government but also for the federal government because one of the commitments of Mr President was to rescue all the girls alive and reunite them with their families, I want to assure that I am going to present her to Gov. Kashim Shettima and rehabilitation process will follow.” Bar. Lawan said.
Meanwhile, according to Saharareporters , a representative of the Chibok community said that the Borno state government has officially notified the community of her rescue today. The rep confirmed that Maryam is one of the missings girls from Askra village near Chibok, according to the rep, Maryam’s twin sister remains Boko Haram’s custody.