Res­cued girl ‘not from Chi­bok’

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As Nige­rian Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari on Thurs­day met with Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the 276 girls ab­ducted in 2014 from a school in Chi­bok, who was found in north­east­ern Nige­ria af­ter ap­par­ently es­cap­ing from fun­da­men­tal­ist group Boko Haram, news of yet another es­capee sur­faced.

How­ever, Serah Luka, who was res­cued by Nige­rian troops from Boko Haram, did not ap­pear to be one of the Chi­bok girls, said Bukky Shoni­bare of the #BringBack­OurGirls cam­paign.

She was one of 97 women and chil­dren who were freed dur­ing an op­er­a­tion on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to Colonel Sani Usman. At least 35 Boko Haram fight­ers were killed dur­ing the rescue.

“The same way we re­joice over the re­turn of the Chi­bok girl, so also is our joy over this one,” Shoni­bare said.

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Abubakar Rabe said: “We shouldn’t fo­cus on whether she is one of the Chi­bok girls or not. The im­por­tant thing is that we are pur­su­ing Boko Haram and res­cu­ing hu­man be­ings on a daily ba­sis. We should be al­lowed to con­cen­trate on res­cu­ing peo­ple [other than the Chi­bok girls] in our op­er­a­tions.”

Dur­ing his meet­ing with Nkeki and her four­month-old daugh­ter in Abuja, Buhari said: “Although we can­not do any­thing to re­verse the hor­rors of her past, fed­eral gov­ern­ment can and will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure that the rest of her life takes a com­pletely dif­fer­ent course.”

– Staff re­porter

PHOTO: REUTERS

FREE Amina Ali Nkeki and her child meet Nige­rian Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in Abuja on Thurs­day

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