Breaking: 2 Chibok girls escape from 9 years in B/Haram captivity
Two more students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, out of 276, who were abducted from their hostels by Boko Haram terrorists in 2014 have escaped from Sambisa forest where they have been held for nine years by the outlaws.
The escapee girls, who were identified as Hauwa Mutah and Esther Markus, one from Chibok and the other from Dzilang village, are said to have escaped from captivity on Sunday following intense military operations.
This has reduced the number of Chibok schoolgirls in captivity from 98 to 96.
It would be recalled that about a fortnight ago, the head of the Intelligence Unit of the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Hadinkai, Colonel Obinna Ezuipke, said that the number of Chibok girls who were still in captivity was 98.
“Out of the 276 abducted Chibok girls, 57 girls escaped in 2014 while 107 girls were released in 2018.
Three girls were rescued in 2019, two in 2021 and 9 in 2022, bringing the total of 178 girls out of captivity and 98 remaining in Boko Haram captivity,” Ezuipke had said.
Military sources said that troops of Operation Hadin Kai and 199 Special Forces Battalion, in collaboration with the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) recently killed 35 Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa Forest.
It was also gathered that the troops made unprecedented incursions into the terrorists’ hideouts, aimed at completely eliminating the insurgents from the fringes of the forest.
The clearance operation was said to have began from Awulari on April 17 and progressed further into other identified insurgents’ camps around Garno and Alafa.
The military had yet to officially react to the news of the girls’ escape from the terrorists’s den as of the time of filing this report, and efforts to get their reaction proved abortive.