Pregnant girl, five others escape from Boko Haram captivity

Six female escapees from the Boko Haram insurgents were on Monday received by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State.
One of the girls, who  were kidnapped from different locations during attacks in the North-east by the insurgents is pregnant.

They are aged aged between 20 to 25 years and escaped from the terrorists’ camp with their nine children.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo told the governor: “The victims who were freed, ran away from Boko Haram custody at Buni Yadi axis of Yobe State and trekked through the Sambisa forest for about six hours before they were rescued by security operatives.

“The three of them were abducted on the 3rd of October 2020, while the other ones were abducted on 5th of May, 2021.”

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Gambo also disclosed that the three who were abducted at Takulashu village of Chibok are Maryam Ishaya with one child, Racheal Simon with two children, and Esther Ayuba with two children, while Alheri Ezekiel has two children. Victoria Andrew and Victoria James also with two children were abducted from Cofure village, Hong town in Adamawa State.

Elated Governor Zulum recieved the freed schoolgirls and their children with joy in his office at the Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri.

The girls were received alongside some parents, Chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, traditional rulers, stakeholders, including the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Borno chapter, Bishop Williams Naga.

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Speaking, Governor Zulum said the government was doing everything possible to ensure speedy reconstruction and reintegration of all victims of Boko Haram terrorists into the society.

“I am very happy to receive you my daughters after you felt prey to Boko Haram terrorists. We thank God Almighty for rescuing and protecting you from the hands of terrorists.

“As government, we will do everything possible to reintegrate and support you to continue a normal life into the society as we hand you over to your respective families.”

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