Boko Haram ‘Kills’ Chibok Girl’s Father In Borno Village

Lalai Nkeki, the father of Kauna, one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, has been killed by Boko Haram.

Hosea Tsambido, Chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, told TheCable that Nkeki was killed at Kubumbalah, a village near Chibok, last Monday when insurgents attacked some villages in Borno State, killing at least eight other people and hoisting their flag.

The Nigeria army, though countered the report that some persons were killed in the attack.
“Kauna’s father, Nkeki, was killed in an attack at Kubumbalah, near Chibok two days ago by Boko Haram,” Tsambido said in a telephone interview.
“Kauna is one of the Chibok girls.”

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Buhari Receives Rescued Missing Chibok Girl Thursday

For Amina Ali, one of the 276 school girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State in April 2014 by the terrorist Boko Haram sect, it was sweet freedom on Tuesday as she was rescued from the fringes of the terrorists’ den in the Sambisa Forest.

And thursday, she will have the rare privilege of meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari who has been scheduled to receive her at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is set to receive her thursday. She will be brought by the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Shehu Garba, said last night.

Although a web of controversy surrounded the circumstances of her rescue yesterday, the school girl, who was rescued along with her four-month old child and her husband, was briefly reunited with her parents before being handed over to the military who after debriefing her presented her to Governor Shettima.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, who took the girl to the governor, said the governor had promised to present her to President Muhammadu Buhari today.??”I want to further confirm to you that, we have found one of the Chibok girls but plead for your understanding on this issue, we need to give her time to rest as you can see she is traumatized and nursing a baby.??”The governor has told us that he does not want to take credit for this and will hand over the girl to Mr. President who will in turn unveil her to the nation,” Ezugwu said.

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UN Delighted At The Rescue Of Chibok Girl

Mr Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on Wednesday expressed delight over the rescue of one of the abducted Chibok girls.

O’Brien stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

“I am absolutely delighted to hear the news today and I hope this becomes signal to the success of rescuing not just the remaining Chibok girls but the other hundreds and thousands of girls and boys and others who have been abducted and made to either take up arms as young boys or sold into slavery as sex workers,” he said.

O’Brien said that her rescue would help in building parents’ confidence on the possible return of the rest of the abducted girls.

“I think it is very important to recognise how much this will go in building the peoples confidence,” he said.

O’Brien said government must take immediate steps towards rehabilitating her.

“We must make sure that in her own interest that she is given a space, appropriate care, attention and treatment that she will need as well as the long term support that she will need.

“This is a very very important to show people that there is a hope for the future that you can work for a long period of time seeking protection of Humanitarian needs of the people even though they are affected by most brutal conflict and by terrible action of people who have caused fear among communities,” he said.

O’Brien, who visited Dalori Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri as well as some host communities in Konduga Local Government Area (LGA), said he was shocked at the level of destruction by the Boko Haram terrorist in the state.

“Absolutely it is necessary that we do everything we can for the people to be able to return to their homes safely,” he said.

O’Brien commended Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno for his commitment towards solving the humanitarian crisis in the state.

“The best way to relieve the sufferings is for all of us to work in partnership and I was very impressed that Borno State and the Federal Government have a clear plan to re-secure these areas and make sure that their needs are taken care of especially in terms of medical treatents for the wounded etc,” he said.

 

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Ezekwelli Celebrates Rescue Of Chibok Girl, Prays For Others

 

A former Minister of Education and leader of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to news of the rescue of one of the abducted Chibok girls by giving thanks to God.

Earlier in the day, the Nigerian Army confirmed the rescue of Amina Ali who was abducted along with over 200 other girls from school in 2014 by Boko Haram.

In reaction to the news, the former minister who has been one of the arrowheads in the campaign for the rescue of the girls, gave thanks to God while praising the Nigerian Army and the Civilian Joint Task Force in Borno.

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Controversy Trails Shekau’s ‘New’ Video, Chibok Girl Female Suicide Bomber

There were indications last night that the latest video purportedly released last week by the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, might not have emanated from the Boko Haram leader after all.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, said that the video, in which Shekau was said to have said that the end of the sect’s campaign was near, was shot about two years ago. The source said the video was actually given out by Shekau to a delegation sent by a top Islamic sect leader, Darun Sijjirah, when he pledged allegiance to the Boko Haram leader.

According to the source, it was not possible for Shekau, leaders of the Islamic State for Africa to have released such a document at this moment. “The video is a fake one intended for ulterior purposes and does not emanate from Shekau,” the source said.

Responding to a question, the source also disputed the claim by a female suicide bomber arrested by the Cameroonian authorities that she was one of the Chibok girls taken by the Boko Haram sect since April 14, 2014.

“The truth is that the female suicide bomber arrested in Cameroun is not one of the Chibok girls,” the man said. It was learned that the release of the video, which the Nigerian military had since dismissed as a possible diversionary tactics by the sect, was causing disquiet in the camps of the sect leaders.

This, coupled with the claim by the female suicide bomber arrested in Cameroun, is believed to have compelled the leadership of the sect to contemplate releasing a statement disputing the two issues and to ‘put the records straight’.

It was learned that the group close to Shekau might issue a disclaimer on the two issues within the week, given the erroneous impression and the controversy they had generated within its camps. Boko Haram has killed over 13,000 persons and abducted many men, women and children in its six-year-old campaign against the Nigerian state, which is seeking to end the activities of the group. Nigeria has also dispatched a group to Cameroun to ascertain if, indeed, the female suicide bomber in its custody belongs to the missing Chibok girls.

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Kidnapped ‘Chibok Girl’ Reportedly Flees Boko Haram, Says Others Alive

One of the hundreds of Christian schoolgirls kidnapped 18 months ago by Boko Haram reportedly made it out of the Nigerian terrorist group’s stronghold and told of her fellow captives’ ongoing misery, but a military official disputed the claim.

The April 14, 2014, kidnapping of 276 girls from the northern town of Chibok prompted international headlines and a social media campaign made prominent by First Lady Michelle Obama calling for authorities to “Bring back our girls.” While dozens fled in the initial months following capture, the unidentified girl would be the most recent victim to escape the infamous Islamic terror group’s clutches. According to local reports, she said dozens of girls are still alive, many pregnant from rape and riddled with disease.

“All of us were forced to become Muslims but kept in camps far from each other,” the girl reportedly told The Vanguard. “You can only see and recognize those in your camp as any of us who refused being Islamized was either beheaded or shot at point blank range.”

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