Posted by Timige, On 4 Jul, 2022 | Updated On 4 Jul, 2022 No Comments »
One of the missing Chibok schoolgirls found on Wednesday has shared how she escaped from captivity after eight years amidst claims that she was rescued by the Nigerian Army.
The girl was among over 200 schoolgirls abducted on April 14, 2014 when Boko Haram insurgents attacked the Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS) in Chibok, Borno state.
Having fled the terrorists’ enclave in Borno State, she was eventually discovered by troops of the Nigerian Army on June 29.
According to Channels TV, the victim, who gave her name as Ruth Bitrus, said she had to trek for three days in the Sambisa Forest before help came to her by troops of the 21 Armoured Brigade Bama.
“My name is Ruth Bitrus, I escaped from the Sambisa Forest. I am one of the students kidnapped from GGSS Chibok in April 2014. We were 203 that were kidnapped. The rest of us are still in Sambisa with our captors,” she spoke in the Hausa language.
According to Ruth, her husband was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while he was trying to plant a bomb.
“The father of my child died two years ago in Rabul Sani village where he went to plant a bomb at the military formation and it exploded with him before he could plant it.”
The distraught mother explained that she took some food with her which she used in feeding the child within the three-day period.
Bitrus’ rescue comes two weeks after two other Chibok schoolgirls – Mary Dauda and Hauwa Joseph – came back to town after they escaped from Gazuwa camp, located about nine kilometres to Bama LGA of Borno State.
Their escape followed sustained massive offensives by the troops of Operation Hadin Kai, leading to hunger and displacement in the terrorists’ enclaves.
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