The Nigerian Army has announced the rescue of a Chibok school girl, one of the over 200 kidnapped from their school dormitory in Girls Secondary School in April 2104.
“This is to confirm that one of the abducted chibok school girls, Falmata Mbalala, was among the rescued persons by our troops at Baale near Damboa,” an army press release signed by Colonel Sani Usman, acting director of the Nigerian Army public relations unit said on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
It is unclear if this is the same girl reportedly found on the edge of Sambisa Forest by vigilante on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
This is a developing story and we will bring you more details as they come.
Another Chibok Girl Rescued?
Earlier Wednesday, a #BringBackOurGirls activist, Bukky Shonibare told the press that a female was found by a local vigilante group on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in a village on the edge of Sambisa Forest.
According to Shonibare, the girl told the vigilante that she had escaped Boko Haram and that she had a baby. Her name has not been given to the press. She was identified by people from Chibok who are “100 percent sure that this was one of the Chibok girls”, the activist says. The girl, has been reunited with her family.
The girl is one of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014. There was an international outcry over the incident.
Sambisa Forest is a stronghold of the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, and it has been long suspected that the Chibok girls were being held in the territory in the North East part of the country. A handful of the girls managed to escape from the terrorists at the time the story was unravelling in the media. Since then,
She was identified by a local and taken to her mother, who identified her, Ms. Shonibare told the press.
More than 200 of the girls were abducted from their dormitory at Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State remain missing.