Nigerian troops have found two former schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists eight years ago, the military said on Tuesday, rescuing some of the latest victims of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping.
< p>The two women were both carrying babies on their laps when they were presented by the military following detention with militants who stormed their school in north-eastern Nigeria in April 2014 in a mass kidnapping that sparked international outrage.
Major General Christopher Musa, the military commander of troops in the area, told reporters the girls were found by troops at two different locations on June 12 and 14.
“We are very fortunate to have two of the Chibok girls,” Musa said.
Dozens of Boko Haram militants stormed the Chibok girls’ boarding school in 2014, grabbing 276 schoolgirls aged 12 to 17 in the first mass kidnapping r school by the jihadist group in trucks.
Fifty-seven of the girls managed to escape by jumping off the trucks just aft After their kidnapping, 80 were detained in Boko-Haram after negotiations with the Nigerian government in exchange for some commanders released.
In recent publications, one of the women, Hauwa Joseph, was found along with other civilians on June 12 near Bama after troops expelled a Boko Haram camp while the another, Mary Dauda, was later found outside the village of Ngoshe in Gwoza District, near the border with Cameroon.
The military announced on Twitter on June 15 that they had one of the Chibok girls named Mary Found Ngoshe. It turned out she was Mary Dauda.
“I was nine when we were kidnapped from our school in Chibok, and I got married not long ago and had this child,” Joseph said reporters at military headquarters.
Joseph’s husband and father-in-law were killed in a military attack and she had to make ends meet for herself and their 14-month-old son.
“We were abandoned, nobody looked after us us. We weren’t fed,” she said.
Thousands of Boko Haram fighters and families have surrendered in the last year, fleeing government bombing and falling out with the rival Islamic group in the state West Africa.
The conflict has killed more than 40,000 people and displaced another 2.2 million since 2009.
Dauda, who was 18 when she was kidnapped, was married at different times with Boko Haram militants in the group’s enclave Sambisa Forest.
“They would starve and beat you if you refused to pray,” Dauda said of life under Boko Haram.
She decided to flee and told her Man that she was visiting another Chibok girl in the village of Dutse near Ngoshe near the Cameroon border.
With the help of an old man who lived with his family outside the village, Dauda trekked through all Night to Ngoshe, where she surrendered to troops in the morning.
“All the remaining Chibok girls are married and have children. I left more than 20 of them in Sambisa, she said. “I’m so happy to be back.”
After the mass kidnapping of the Chibok school, jihadists carried out multiple mass kidnappings and deadly attacks on schools in the Northeast.
2018 provincial fighters Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) abducted 110 schoolgirls aged 11 to 19 from the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi in neighboring Yobe State.
All the schoolgirls except Leah were found a month later released Sharibu, the only Christian among the girls who was held by the group for refusing to renounce her faith.