Rescued Chibok girl returns with baby


    A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, fromOne of the missing 219 Chi­bok girls has been res­cued with a four-month-old baby.

    The girl, who was rescued in Baale, near Danboa in Borno State was identified as Amina Ali.

    She was among the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram mem­bers from their hostel in Govern­ment Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on April 14, 2014. Fifty-seven of them es­caped while the others are yet to be found.

    According to her, apart from six of the girls who have died, the other 212 are still alive and held captive in Sambisa Forest.

    Her return as a nursing moth­er may have collaborated the as­sertion by the leadership of Boko Haram that all the girls have been married out.

    The authorities of the Nigerian Army yesterday confirmed the res­cue of one of the Chibok school­girls and her return with a four-month-old baby

    A suspected Boko Haram ter­rorist, Mohammed Hayatu who claimed to be her husband, was also arrested along with her.

    In a statement, the Army Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman dis­closed that Amina was rescued during a fierce operation by troops of the 25 Brigade Damboa in con­junction with the Civilian JTF.

    He said: “In continuation of Operation Crackdown, troops of  the 25 Brigade, Damboa, in con­junction with the Civilian JTF de­ployed in one of the blocking po­sitions at Baale, near Damboa, rescued one Miss Amina Ali and arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband.”

    According to him, both the rescued Chibok girl and the sus­pected terrorist were brought to the Headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade, Damboa at about 2.30pm, yesterday.

    Usman said: “Preliminary in­vestigation shows that she is indeed one of the Chibok schoolgirls ab­ducted by the Boko Haram ter­rorists on April 14, 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 four- month-old baby girl who was named Safiya,” Usman explained.

    The Army disclosed that both the suspected Boko Haram terror­ist and the nursing mother have been taken to Maiduguri for fur­ther medical attention and screen­ing.

    Some activists told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that Amina Ali was found by a vigi­lante group on Tuesday in the Sam­bisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroun.
    Amina was reportedly iden­tified by a civilian fighter who rec­ognised her.

    Hosea Abana Tsambido, chair­man of the Chibok community in Abuja, told BBC Focus on Afri­ca on Wednesday that Amina was found by the vigilantes after ven­turing into the forest to search for firewood.

    She was quoted as saying… “All the Chibok girls are still there in the Sambisa except six of them that have already died.”

    Sources told the BBC she came from the town of Mbalala, south of Chibok, where 25 of the kidnapped girls came from. A neighbour in Mbalala told the BBC that Amina was found with a baby.

    An uncle, Yakubu Nkeki, told the Associated Press news agency that Amina was later reunited with her mother in Chibok. She was 17 when she was abducted and is now 19, he said. (The Authority)

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