10 Girls Reportedly Escaped From Sambisa, But Only Three Found, Two Unconscious
As the news of the rescue of two of the Chibok girls abducted by members of the Boko Haram insurgents group continues to permeate the media space, there are indications that 10 of the girls actually escaped from the enclave of the Boko Haram group in Sambisa forest.
According to The Guardian, “Unconfirmed reports said 10 of the girls actually escaped from the Sambisa forest and three of them were found.”
The report quoting a reliable source however said “two of the three girls were half-conscious,” and that it was the ‘conscious girl’ that disclosed the fact that 10 of the Chibok girls escaped the Sambisa Forest.
It is also unclear if the three escaped girls are inclusive of Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the over 200 abducted schoolgirls who was reportedly rescued in the Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroun on Tuesday.
If Amina’s rescue is different from the three others reportedly found, it means there may be two other girls that their rescue is yet to be disclosed by the army, especially since they are said to be unconscious.
Speaking on the rescue of the second Chibok girl, Serah Luka, army spokesman, Col Sani Usman, said troops of 231 Battalion, 331 Artillery Regiment (AR), Detachment of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) 2, Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Team and Civilian Vigilante group conducted clearance operations at Shettima Aboh, Hong and Biladdili general area in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
According to the statement, “During the operations, the troops killed 35 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered several arms and ammunitions and other items. In addition, they rescued 97 women and children held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government Secondary School girls that were abducted on 14th April 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists. Her name is Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted school girls. She is believed to be the daughter of Pastor Luka..
“She added that there were other three girls who fled Shettima Aboh when the troops invaded the area earlier today (Thursday), which led to their rescue. She is presently receiving medical attention at the medical facility of Abogo Largema Cantonment, Biu, Borno State.”
The Army said the girl revealed during the debriefing that she was a JSS1 student of the school at the time they were abducted. She further added that she hails from Madagali, Adamawa State, saying that she reported at the school barely two months and one week before her unfortunate abduction along with other girls over two years ago.