Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations, has confirmed the rescue of another Chibok girl, Serah Luka, aside Amina Ali who was rescued on Tuesday.
Amina Ali on Tuesday was rescued by troops and civilian vigilantes near Boko Haram’s stronghold in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state.
This handout picture taken in Damboa and released by the Nigerian army on May 20, 2016 shows Serah Luka after she was released during an operation conducted by Nigeria’s army in which local civilian vigilantes took part.
Serah is one of 219 girls abducted from their school in Chibok more than two years ago. The student, who is believed to be a Christian pastor’s daughter, said she was “at the school at the time they were abducted” and that she was from Madagali, in neighboring Adamawa state.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said that the second Chibok girl was among 97 women that were rescued by troops of 231 Battalion, 331 Artillery Regiment (AR), Detachment of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) 2, Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Team and Civilian Vigilante group of Buratai.
The troops he said rescued her during a clearance operations at Shettima Aboh, Hong and Biladdili general area in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“At about 11.00am today, Thursday, 19th May 2016, troops of 231 Battalion, 331 Artillery Regiment (AR), Detachment of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) 2, Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Team and Civilian Vigilante group of Buratai, conducted clearance operations at Shettima Aboh, Hong and Biladdili general area in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.”
During the operations, the troops killed 35 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered several arms and ammunitions and other items. In addition, they rescued 97 women and children held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists.
We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government Secondary School girls that were abducted on 14th April 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists.
Her name is Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted school girls. She is believed to be the daughter of Pastor Luka.
During debriefing the girl revealed that she was a JSS1 student of the school at the time they were abducted. She further added that she hails from Madagali, Adamawa State.
She averred that she reported at the school barely two months and one week before her unfortunate abduction along with other girls over two years ago. She added that there are three other girls who fled from Shettima Aboh when the troops invaded the area earlier today which led to their rescue.
She is presently receiving medical attention at the medical facility of Abogo Largema Cantonment, Biu, Borno State.
The first of the abducted students to be found, 19-year-old Amina Ali and her mother met President Muhammadu Buhari at his official residence in Abuja earlier Thursday, where the head of state said the government was “doing all it can to rescue the remaining Chibok girls”.
“Amina’s rescue gives us new hope, and offers a unique opportunity for vital information,” he said in a statement.
Amina was quoted as saying by a campaign group pushing for the girls’ release that all the students were still being held in the former game reserve, where the Islamists have had camps, but that six had died.
Nigeria’s military has been mounting an offensive in the sprawling, semi-desert scrubland since late April to flush out rebel fighters.