ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The Nigerian Army have announced the rescue of another Chibok girl, Saratu Dauda, abducted with others at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, in 2014.
The Theatre Commander, North-East Joint Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Ibrahim Ali, made this known while briefing reporters at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri.
Mr. Ali said Ms Saratu was rescued on 6 May by troops of the 21 Armoured Brigade during a clearance Operation at Ukuba in Sambisa Forest in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno.
He said the 25-year-old Ms Saratu, listed as serial number 10 on the list of the abducted victims, was a native of the Mbalala community in Chibok local government area.
“She was once married to one Abou Yusuf, who she later divorced before getting married to one Ba’ana Muhammad, also known as Abou Zinira, the Boko Haram terrorists’ IED expert.
“She had three daughters aged 7, 5 and 2 years old with Ba’ana but left them in the terrorists’ hideouts during her escape.
“She has, within the past 10 days, undergone intensive medical care and checks at the military hospital in Maimalari. She will be handed over to the officials of the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs.
“So far, efforts to rescue her children and other victims were still ongoing,” he said.
He also recalled the recent presentation of two other Chibok girls rescued by the troops.
“Consequently, on 4th May this year, Hauwa Maltha and Esther Marcus, both serial numbers two and 103 on the list of the missing victims, and three of their children were handed over to the officials of the Borno State government,” he said.
According to him, their rescue, among several other women and children, was largely driven by the kinetic and non-kinetic activities of Operation Hadin Kai, especially in the ongoing Operation Desert and Lake Sanity II.
“As of today, the statistics of the 276 abducted Chibok girls indicate that 57 girls escaped in 2014; 107 were released in 2018; three were rescued in 2019, two were recovered in 2021; 11 girls were rescued in 2022 and three rescued, so far in 2023. This brings to 182 out of captivity remaining 93 unaccounted for.
“At this juncture, let me state that the joint efforts of Operation Hadin kai under the strategic guidance of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief Air Staff, has continued to yield more Operational successes in the North Eastern Region of Nigeria,” he said.
He also lauded the support of the Borno government and assured the people of the North-East of the commitment of the military to contain the insurgency in the region.
Responding after receiving the rescued Chibok girl, the State Commissioner of Women Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo, lauded the military for the successes recorded, particularly in rescuing the girls.
Ms Gambo said the Chibok girl, like others, would undergo rehabilitation under the ministry before handing over to her family.