Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, on Monday, received six girls, who escaped from Boko Haram terrorists’ captivity, with their nine children, one year after they were abducted at various locations.
Presenting the escapees, who are aged between 20 to 25 years, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, told Governor Zulum that the girls ran away from the terrorists’ custody at Buni Yadi axis of Yobe State and trekked through the Sambisa Forest for about six hours before they were rescued by security operatives.
“Three of them were abducted on the 3rd of October 2020, while the other ones were abducted on 5th of May, 2021. Three of them who were abducted at Takulashu village of Chibok are Maryam Ishaya with one child; Racheal Simon with two children and Esther Ayuba with two children; while Alheri Ezekiel has two children; Victoria Andrew and Victoria James who are also with two children, were abducted from Cofure village, Hong town in Adamawa state,” she said.
LEADERSHIP recall that the Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014, invaded Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok and abducted over 200 female students, and since then, over 100 of them escaped while others were released after negotiation between government and the terrorists, even as many of them are still in the hands of the terrorists.
Similarly, a good number of girls apart from the Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted from different locations by the terrorists had been returning back after escaping from the terrorists, who were disarray.
The governor, who was excited with the development, recieved the escapees and their children at his office in Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri, alongside some parents, chairman of Chibok local government area, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim; traditional rulers, stakeholders including the chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Borno State chapter, Bishop Mohammed Williams Naga.
Zulum said government was doing everything possible to ensure speedy reconstruction and reintegration of all victims of Boko Haram terrorists into the society.
He said: “I am very happy to receive you my daughters after you fell prey to Boko Haram terrorists. We thank God Almighty for rescuing and protecting you from the hands of the terrorists.
“As government, we will do everything possible to reintegrate and support you to continue a normal life in the society as we hand you over to your respective families.”
The governor noted that, the hovernment of President Muhammadu Buhari in collaboration with Borno State government and security agencies will act appropriately to profile thousands of surrendered Boko Haram terrorists, especially farmers and the innocent ones who were abducted and conscripted by the terrorists, with a view to reintegrate them back to the society.