Current Affairs

Nigerian Army Rescues Another Chibok Girl

By Danjuma Aliyu and Adenike Lucas

The Nigerian Army on Thursday said another Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists almost three years ago had been rescued along with her six-month-old baby, Abdullahi.

Rakiya Abubakar was rescued by troops of 27 Brigade around Alagarno area near Ajigin in Damboa LGA.

She is the third school girl to be rescued since the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Abubakar and her son have been handed to the Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima.

In April 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok , army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.

He said soldiers had “during investigation of arrested suspected Boko Haram terrorists discovered… Rakiya Abubakar, with her six-month-old baby.”

Last year, the Nigerian Army successfully recaptured Camp Zairo, a strong hold of the Islamic insurgent.

According to news report, up to 40 foreigners have been arrested since the successful recapture of Sambisa, a 1,300 square-kilometer forest seen as a stronghold of the Islamic sect.

Maj-General Irabor confirmed that lot of arrests had been made. “Our troops in Damboa arrested about 15 Boko Haram members. We also arrested one Musa Abdullahi from Potiskum on Christmas Day.

“On Dec. 26 our troops also intercepted two Boko Haram suspects in Maiduguri.

“We, therefore, warn residents of the state to be wary of people coming to hide in and around their houses.

“We are also warning residents to report any suspected Boko Haram members hiding in their houses to the relevant security agencies and any failure to do that would tantamount to supporting and sympathising with the sect’s activities,” he added



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