Defence & Security

Troops rescue another abducted Chibok girl 8 years later

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor

Barely a day after announcing that its troops of 26 Task Force Brigade have rescued one of the abducted girls, Mary Ngoshe, from Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Chibok on 14 April 2014 and her son, the Nigerian Army has again said another girl and her baby has been rescued by troops.

Recall that the Army on Wednesday 15 June 2022 said, “Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade on patrol around Ngoshe in Borno State on 14 June 2022 intercepted one Mrs Mary Ngoshe and her son. She is believed to be one of the abducted girls from GGSS Chibok in 2014. Further exploitation is ongoing.”

According to a brief statement posted on its official social media handles on Thursday 16 June 2022, the Army further said the new girl named Hauwa Joseph, was rescued on 14 June 2022 during clearance operations.

The Statement added that the rescued victim, who is one of the abducted girls from GGSS Chibok on 14 April 2014, and her baby are currently receiving medical attention in a military medical facility.

“Troops during clearance operations on 14 June 2022 intercepted another abducted girl from GGSS Chibok named Hauwa Joseph, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram on 14 April 2014. The intercepted Chibok girl & her baby are currently in a military medical facility,” the statement said.

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It could be recalled that the members of the Boko Haram terrorist group stormed the girls’ college in Chibok community of Borno State on 14 April 2014 and kidnapped 276 young girls aged between 16 to 18 years.

The abduction led to one of the biggest global social media campaigns, with tweeters using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
Some managed to escape shortly after they were seized leaving about 219 girls in the hands of the terrorists.

Meanwhile, about 21 and 82 of the girls were freed in exchange for Boko Haram militants, in negotiations brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in October 2016 and May 2017 respectively after one of the girls and her child was found by an army-backed vigilante group in Sambisa Forest, a Boko Haram stronghold close to the border with Cameroon in May 2016. Another two managed to escape in September 2016 and January 2017.

Nothing was heard of the remaining 113 girls in captivity of the terrorists until 2021 when some of the girls were said to have escaped.

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