Troops have found a lady believed to be one of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno, more than eight years after they were kidnapped from the Chibok community in the northeastern state.
The Nigerian Army disclosed this on Wednesday via its social media handles where it shared a picture of the young lady identified as Mary.
According to the army, Mary was found with her son on Tuesday by troops of 26 Task Force Brigade while on patrol around Ngoshe – a town in Borno State
“Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade on patrol around Ngoshe in Borno State on 14 June 2022 intercepted one Mrs Mary Ngoshe and her son,” the army said on its Facebook page.
“She is believed to be one of the abducted girls from GGSS Chibok in 2014. Further exploitation ongoing.”
Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade on patrol around Ngoshe in Borno State on 14 June 2022 intercepted one Mrs Mary Ngoshe and her son. She is believed to be one of the abducted girls from GGSS Chibok in 2014. Further exploitation ongoing. pic.twitter.com/RqKH0FaqQv
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) June 15, 2022
Nigeria recorded one of its worst abductions on April 14, 2014, when Boko Haram insurgents invaded the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, and abducted more than 200 students in the process.
The school was said to have been closed for a few weeks due to deteriorating security conditions at the time, but students – aged between 16 and 18 – came around to take their final exams.
Following their abduction, 57 of the schoolgirls escaped on their way to the location, where they would be held captive by their abductors.
Over time, several others regained freedom either by escaping or being released by the insurgents as a result of negotiations with the Federal Government.
While scores of others are believed to still be in captivity, the situation sparked outrage within and outside Nigeria, to calls for the return of the girls by various individuals and groups, including a former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.