© 2018 - International Centre for Investigative Reporting
Rescued Girl, Serah Luka Not On Our List, Chibok Parents Say
The leader of the abducted Chibok girls’ parents, Yakubu Nkeki, has expressed his doubts over claims by the Nigerian military that the girl rescued on Thursday, Serah Luka, is one of the missing Chibok school girls abducted on April 14, 2014 in Borno State, AFP has reported.
According to the news agency, Nkeki said while the army called him before announcing the rescue of the first rescued girl, Amina Ali, he was not contacted about Luka, adding that there were only two girls on his list with the surname Luka.
He also said none of the girls with the surname came from Madagali, in Adamawa State, as claimed by the army about the second girl.
“I can say in my capacity as the head of the Chibok Abducted Girls Parents group that this girl is not among the abducted Chibok girls,” Nkeki was quoted by the French news agency, adding that contrary to claims that Serah is the daughter of a pastor, none of the four pastors on the association’s list goes by the name Luka.
The military, however, is maintaining its position that Luka is one of the missing Chibok girls.
A senior military source told AFP that the military is convinced that the girl is one of the abducted school girls.
“The military personnel who carried out the rescue operation and the civilian vigilantes who assisted them and those who know the girl confirmed that she is among those abducted,” he told the news agency.
“We can only change our position if the principal of the school or the government of Borno state come out and refute this established identity of the girl.”