After two years of being held captive by terrorist group Boko Haram, the first out of more than 200 schoolgirls popularly known as Chibok girls kidnapped from a school in northeast Nigeria has returned home to her family.
This was revealed by spokesperson for the Chibok girls parents on Wednesday.
Speaking for the parents, Lawan Zannah, secretary of the association of parents of missing Chibok girls, said one of the teenagers Amina Ali was found on Tuesday wandering near the Sambisa forest close to Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.
However, the circumstances surrounding her discovery have not been made public as Zannah could only confirm that she was spotted carrying a baby.
“She was carrying a baby but I do not know whether it is a boy or girl,” Zannah said by phone from Chibok.
Zannah said the Chibok girl Ali was sitting in a military vehicle at the residence of the area commander in Chibok.
He added that he could not get any information from her as he was not allowed to question her or say more than exchanging greetings in their local language, Kibaku.
The information of Ali’s rescue got to Zannah through the chairman of the parents association Yakubu Nkeki, who was called by members of a vigilante group in Chibok with the good news that they had found one of the missing Chibok girls.
During their campaign which has lasted for six years that aims at creating a medieval Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria, Boko Haram militants have killed an estimated 15 000 people, kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children while wrecking havoc in the country.
After the kidnapping of the Chibok girls from their schools in April 2014, there was an international ouburst of rage with dignatries like the US First Lady Michelle Obama joining the campaign under the Twitterhashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
Miss Amina Ali is now with her family in her home town of Mbalala near Chibok, while the search continues for the remaining missing girls.