Wednesday, May 18, 2016 3:07 pm
The first of 219 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok in northeast Nigeria more than two years ago has been found.
Amina Ali was discovered in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state by civilian vigilantes assisting the military on Tuesday.
Ms Ali, who was 17 when she was abducted, has reportedly had a child while in captivity. And she is pregnant again.
According to a local spokesperson, she has been identified by her parents at Mbalala, near Chibok.
‘She met her parents, who recognised their daughter before she was taken to the military base in Damboa,’ Ayuba Alamson Chibok, a community leader in Chibok, said.
‘Her father’s name is Ali and the girl’s name is Amina.’
Yakubu Nkeki, head of the Abducted Chibok Girls Parents’ group, also confirmed her name and said she was 17 when she was abducted.
He added: ‘She’s the daughter of my neighbour… They brought her to my house.’
‘I can confirm that one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls was among rescued persons by our troops,’ army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement.
‘She was carrying a baby but I do not know whether it is a boy or girl,’ Lawan Zannah, secretary of the association of parents of missing Chibok girls said.
Tsambido Hosea Abana, a Chibok community leader in the capital, Abuja, said other kidnapped girls were in the forest, which the military has been targeting for several weeks.
Boko Haram seized 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok on the night of April 14, 2014. Fifty-seven managed to escape in the immediate aftermath.
Nigeria’s army also confirmed today that a girl rescued in a Boko Haram enclave in the northeast is one of the 219 abducted from Chibok Girls Secondary school more than two years ago.
“This is to confirm that one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls… was among rescued persons by our troops,” army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement.
Amina Ali was discovered on Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state by civilian vigilantes assisting the military and brought back to her home town of Mbalala, near Chibok.