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Six Girls Escape From Boko Haram Den With Nine Children, One Pregnant

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Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, met another group of six girls who escaped from Boko Haram rebels on Monday, one of them was pregnant.

Terrorists kidnapped them at separate areas in northeast Nigeria during attacks. The girls range in age from 20 to 25 years.

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Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, told the Governor that “the victims who were freed got away from Boko Haram detention at Buni Yadi axis of Yobe State and walked through the Sambisa bush for almost six hours before they were rescued by security forces.”

“Three of them were abducted on October 3, 2020, while the others were abducted on May 5, 2021.”

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The Commissioner informed the Governor that the three abductees from Chibok’s Takulashu village are Maryam Ishaya, who has one child, Racheal Simon, who has two children, Esther Ayuba, who has two children, and Alheri Ezekiel, who has two children. Victoria Andrew and Victoria James, along with two children, were kidnapped in Adamawa State’s Cofure village, Hong town.

Governor Zulum received the liberated schoolgirls and their children in his office at the Musa Usman Secretariat in Maiduguri, where he expressed his delight at the new development.

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The girls were greeted by their parents, the Chairman of the Chibok Local Government Area, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, traditional rulers, and stakeholders, including the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Borno branch, Bishop Williams Naga.

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Governor Zulum stated that the government was doing all necessary to ensure the fast rebuilding and reintegration of all Boko Haram militants into society.

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“I am delighted to welcome you, my daughters, after you fell victim to Boko Haram terrorists.”
We thank God Almighty for rescuing and protecting you from terrorists’ clutches.

“As the government, we will do all in our power to reintegrate and support you as we give you over to your respective families,” he stated.

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Zulum also stated that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, in collaboration with the government of Borno State and security agencies, will take appropriate steps to profile thousands of surrendered Boko Haram terrorists, particularly farmers and innocent people who were kidnapped and forced to join the terrorists’ group.

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On April 14, 2014, armed Boko Haram fighters raided Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok and abducted around 240 female students; since then, more than half of them have escaped or been released, with many others being held captive.

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