Another good news has emerged from Borno state – This is as Halima, one of the Chibok girls, escaped from the den of her kidnappers. The escapee is with the Nigerian troops in Maiduguri and has called her father.
Amid ongoing onslaught by the Nigerian military on the insurgents in the north, another Chibok girl has reportedly escaped from the den of Boko Haram. According to Channels TV, the girl whose name was given as Halima called her father after escaping the kidnappers’ den.
The development was confirmed on Friday, January 29, by the chairman of the group of Parents of the Abducted Chibok girls, Ali Nkeki. Halima, one of the Chibok girls abducted in 2014, has escaped from Boko Haram abductors.
Nkeki said Halima called her father and confirmed that she is with the Nigerian troops in Maiduguri, Borno state’s capital.
He added that the father of the escapee lives in a village some 50 kilometres away from Chibok where the schoolgirls were abducted.
“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.”
Background In 2014 under the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan, a total of 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their hostel by a group of gunmen later confirmed to be Boko Haram in Chibok community of Borno state.
The abduction sparked international outrage, with an advocacy group #BringBackOurGirl emerging which is led by former education minister Oby Ezekwesili and civil rights activist Aisha Yesufu.
The group has since been pressuring the government to secure the release the girls from the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists. 57 of the girls have escaped, the government was able to negotiate the rescue of some others, while 102 are still in captivity.
Meanwhile, President Muhammdu Buhari on Friday, December 18, met with the rescued Kankara schoolboys abducted by bandits in Katsina state. Addressing them at the Katsina government house on Friday afternoon,
Buhari urged the schoolboys not to be discouraged in pursuing their education despite their nightmarish ordeal in the hands of their abductors. It would be recalled that the students were kidnapped by the suspected bandits on Friday, December 11, plunging the whole northern region into fear as states including Sokoto.