Nigeria: Purported Chibok girl 'escapes' Boko Haram
Officials say the girl was found by Nigerian troops less than
two weeks after 82
Chibok girls were freed by the
A schoolgirl believed to have been abducted by Boko Haram three years ago has
been rescued by government troops while "escaping from captivity", Nigerian
officials said on Wednesday.
Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesman, said the girl was found less than two weeks
after 82 others were released by their abductors in exchanged for five Boko Haram
"The details are yet to fully unravel. But in terms of is it true? Yes, it is true. I learnt
she is already being brought to [the capital] Abuja but I have not seen her," Adesina
He added that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is acting president while President
Muhammadu Buhari is on sick leave, informed senior ministers of the rescue at the
weekly cabinet meeting.
Presidential aide Bashir Ahmad also confirmed the rescue on Twitter, saying the girl
was "found by Nigerian troops while she was escaping from captivity".
The schoolgirl is believed to have been among the 276 pupils seized by Boko
Haram from a government school in the town of Chibok in April 2014.
Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath. Of the 219 who did not manage to
flee, 106 had either been released or found, leaving 112 still missing.
The government has said that talks for the release of the remaining schoolgirls still
missing are under way.
The abduction drew international attention to the armed group, while the
Nigerian government's failure to act quickly to free the girls spurred a global
Bring Back Our Girls movement.
About 2,000 girls and boys have been abducted by Boko Haram since 2014, with
many used as sex slaves, fighters and even suicide bombers, according to Amnesty
Some 20,000 people had been killed and about 2.3 million displaced since
Boko Haram started its armed campaign in 2009.