18 April 2014

Africa: Rescued Abducted Girls' Figure Rises to 20

Borno State Commissioner for Education, Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo, on Thursday night told journalists by telephone that that the number of girls that escaped the Boko Haram captivity had now risen to 20.

The commissioner, who spoke to journalists from the precinct of the attacked Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Chibok, 125km away form Maiduguri, said some of the girls showed up after escaping from their captors between Monday and Tuesday.

"We have recovered about 20 girls now and they are with us. After they escaped, the girls went to village heads that live close to where they found themselves and the local leaders brought them to us," Kubo said.

The commissioner said he was together with the school principal, and other stakeholders of Chibok community, as well as parents of the abducted girls, right inside the attacked school waiting to see if the military would bring forth any of the rescued girls as claimed

"I am here (in Chibok) with the parents and we are waiting to receive the recovered girls. Honestly we are not disputing what the military said because it bothers on security. The soldiers know better but we are yet to see the girls. We are hoping that they would be reunited with their families soon", said the education commissioner who was once the Speaker Borno state House of Assembly.

LEADERSHIP can report that on the first night of the attack four of the abducted girls managed to escape on their own; on the second day, ten of them escaped captivity and made back to town; while two others, according to security operatives, were founding wandering in the bush and were helped to get back to Chibok by soldiers on patrol.

The latest four were brought back to the school premises yesterday by local chief to whom the girls fled to take refuge after escaping.

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