Chibok Girls: Nigerian army says it’s rescued another schoolgirl

Chibok Girls: Nigerian army says it’s rescued another schoolgirl

The Nigerian military said it rescued one of the abducted Chibok Girls today. The girl is among the more than 200 kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from their school dormitory in April 2014.

The army spokesman said the girl, Solomi Pogu was ‘intercepted’ by troops in an operation in Pulka in the north-eastern region of the country.

"Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Pulka today rescued one of the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists earlier in 2014,” said Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu in the earlier statement.

"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."

A representative from the Bring Back Our Girls campaign also confirmed the news.

“The girl is the daughter of Mallam Pogu Yahi from Kaumutahyahi, a village in Chibok,” Sesugh Akume of the group told Africa News Week.

Nkeki Mutah, the vice chairman of the Chibok Community in Abuja spoke with the girls father who says he is “excited, grateful and relieved.”

Kidnapped by the radical Islamist group, the 276 girls received widespread attention after a social media campaign went viral.

Many well known figures like Michelle Obama, Malala, Ellen Degeneres and David Cameron raised posters with the #bringbackourgirls tag.

In October 2016,  21 of the Chibok girls were released after negotiations between Boko Haram, the Nigerian government and the Red Cross.

More negotiations secured the release of 82 in May 2017 and 102 of those girls underwent an intense medical and psychological trauma counselling stint last year.

Those girls then embarked on a course at a university in Yola as confirmed by Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs at the time.

Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc across north-eastern Nigeria and into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

A suicide bombing claimed 14 lives at a mosque in Borno state earlier this week and 30 loggers were reportedly abducted by Boko Haram.

But Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari said in his New Year address that Boko Haram was beaten, despite his government announcing that 1 billion dollars had been secured to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram.

 

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