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Army ‘rescues’ one more Chibok girl from Boko Haram
One of the Chibok Secondary School girls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 has been rescued, the Nigerian Army said on Thursday.
A statement by Onyema Nwachukwu, a Colonel and Deputy Director of Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, revealed that the girl was rescued by Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Pulka on Thursday.
The girl has been identified as Salomi Pagu, whose name tallies with Serial Number 86 on the published list of the abducted Chibok girls.
“So far, preliminary investigations reveal that the young girl identified as Salomi Pagu is the same as the Chibok girl published on serial 86 of the online list of abducted Chibok girls.
“Currently, the girl who was intercepted in the company of another young girl, Jamila Adams, about 14 years old with a child, are in the safe custody of troops and receiving medical attention,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement campaigning for the rescue of the abducted girls issued a statement saying Pogu is a daughter of Mallam Pogu Yahi from Kaumutahyahi, a village in Kuburmbula ward of Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State.
In the statement, signed by Sesugh Akume, BBOG Spokesperson, the Movement noted that the rescued girl is Number 15 on the publicly-known list of missing Chibok girls and not Number 86 as the statement by the Military said.
It said the identity of Jamila and her baby were yet to be ascertained.