ABUJA – Nigeria’s army has claimed that it has rescued a total of 97 women and young girls from the clutches of the dreaded Islamist terror outfit, Boko Haram, further claiming that the rescued lot included one of the the 200 kidnapped Chibok school girls.
While the army insists that the girl was indeed abducted along with 200 others from their school in Chibok two years back, campaigners dispute this claim, stating that while the girl was indeed a student at the school, she wasn’t abducted on that fateful day. Instead, she was kidnapped from her home.
Till date, thousands of women and girls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, but the Chibok school abduction had gained international attention. In April 2014, over 200 schoolgirls were seized from their secondary school in Chibok in the Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria.
Following the kidnapping, campaigners and rights groups in the region threw light on the event with #BringBackOurGirls on all social media platforms, especially Twitter, which resulted in prominent figures such as Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai backing the cause.
Only days earlier, the first schoolgirl was freed by Boko Haram.
The Nigerian army has been repeatedly making mistakes in its statements. After the first girl was found, they released the wrong name. They have also previously claimed that they have rescued 100 of the missing girls, while 218 are still being held captive by the insurgent group.
The rescued girl has reportedly told one of the Chibok leaders that while six of the schoolgirls are dead, the remaining girls are still being held captive by Boko Haram in the the Sambisa forest.
– The Global Panorama