Troops of 121 Battalion, Nigerian Army, deployed at Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno, for Operation Lafiya Dole, on Saturday rescued one of the kidnapped Chibok girls. A statement issued by the army Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, in Abuja, said the girl was discovered while the troops were screening some escapees from Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout in Sambisa forest at about 6 a.m. Usman gave the name of the rescued girl as Maryam Ali Maiyanga.
“She was discovered to be carrying a 10-month-old son, named Ali. She has been taken to the unit’s medical facility for proper medical check-up.
“It is imperative to state that troops have been working round the clock to clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hibernating and also rescue all persons held hostages by terrorists,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Boko Haram terrorists had released 21 of the 219 kidnapped girls on Nov. 13 after negotiations between them and the Federal Government which was facilitated by the Swiss Government and the Red Cross. The girls were abducted in April 2014 by the insurgents.
Twenty-one of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014 were released to the Nigerian government, on Oct. 13, raising hope of the possibility of getting more of them alive. The girls were picked up by military helicopter from Banki area of Borno state where Boko Haram militants dropped them off earlier that day.
President Buhari was on a three-day trip to Germany to discuss assistance for the rebuilding of the North-Eastern part of the country ravaged by Boko Haram group when the release was made.