The Nigerian Army has said that the Chibok girl who was rescued near Sambisa Forest on Wednesday was found with her husband, suspected to be a Boko Haram terrorist.
A statement issued Wednesday evening by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, a Colonel, gave the girl’s name as Amina Ali and her husband’s as Mohammed Hayatu.
Usman said that the two were rescued by a combined team of men of the 25 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Damboa and Civilian JTF members in a military operation in Baale, near Damboa, Borno State.
“Both were brought to Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa at about 2.30pm today. Preliminary investigation shows that she is indeed one of the abducted Chibok School girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 14th April 2014 in Chibok and her name is Amina Ali as against Falmata Mbalala that was earlier stated.”
According to the Army statement, Amina, a nursing mother with a four – month old baby, and her husband have both been taken to a hospital in Maiduguri for medical check up and screening.
There had been conflicting reports about who rescued the girl and if they were even rescued at all.
While the Army initially claimed that its men rescued the girl, other reports indicated that she was found at the edge of Sambisa Forest by vigilante youths of the Civilian JTF