Nigerian Military Rescue Nursing Mother Suspected To Be Chibok Girl

Nigerian soldiers have rescued a young woman they believe is one of the remaining Chibok school girls abducted in Northeast Nigeria in 2014.

The Nigerian military says soldiers conducting a patrol in the Gwoza area of Borno state in northeast Nigeria, have rescued one of the missing chibok school girls abducted from their dormitories in April 2014. 

Mary Ngoshe, alongside her child was found by soldiers of the Army’s 36th Task Force Brigade, wandering around the Ngoshe forest in the Gwoza local government area of southern Borno on June 14, 2022.

HumAngle can report that of the over 100 abducted Chibok school girls yet to be rescued, seven of them bear the name “Mary”, and none in that category has the surname “Ngoshe”. 

The #BBOG, a pressure group leading the campaign for the release of the Chibok girls, had in April 2021 released a list of the 112 Chibok girls that were believed to be in the captivity of Boko Haram. 

Boko Haram insurgents had, on the night of Apr. 14, 2014,  invaded the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, before proceeding to abduct 276 schoolgirls.  

About 57 of them escaped and made their way back to Chibok. Twenty-one of the girls were released in a negotiated deal with the government in Oct. 2016. 

In May 2017, 82 of the abducted girls were released in a deal facilitated by the government of Switzerland through the Red Cross 

One of the missing girls, Amina Ali Nkeki,  was found on May 17 2016,  by operatives of the  Civilian Joint Task, who saw her in the bush carrying a four-month-old child in the company of a suspected Boko Haram member, Mohammed Hayatu, who described himself as her husband. 

Another Chibok girl, Salomi Pogu, escaped on Jan. 2, 2018, with the help of another Boko Haram captive, Jamila Adamu, a 14-year-old teenager with a baby.

In August, one of the missing school girls, Hassana Adamu, and her kids were released by the Army unit in Gwoza to the government. She was found a few weeks after another girl, Ruth Pogu with kids, regained her freedom when she and a man identified as her spouse surrendered to the soldiers near Bama town. 

So far, over 160 of the missing school girls have regained their freedoms since 2014, while more than 100 are either still with the Boko Haram or are reported to have died in captivity. 

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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