Update: Presidency Confirm Newly Rescued Girl Not Among The 219 Abducted Chibok Girls



The Presidency says the newly rescued Chibok girl is not one of the 219 abducted girls.

A presidential spokesman had mistakenly identified the girl on
Wednesday as one of a group of roughly 270 girls abducted by
Boko Haram in April 2014. Thursday’s tweet made clear she was
also taken in that year from Chibok but on a different occasion.

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo told a cabinet meeting in the
capital Abuja on Wednesday that the schoolgirl “had been found
after she escaped from her captors”, the presidential spokesman
“I learnt she is already being brought to Abuja,” he said,
giving no further details.

Of the 270 girls originally kidnapped, around 60 have
escaped and more than 100 have been released. About 100 more are
still believed to be in captivity.

Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people
and displaced more than two million since 2009 in an attempt to
create an Islamic caliphate in northeastern Nigeria.

Three years ago, the abduction of the girls from their
secondary school by Boko Haram sparked global outrage and a
celebrity-backed campaign #bringbackourgirls.

For more than two years there was no sign of the girls. But
the discovery of one of them with a baby last May raised hopes
for their safety, with a further two girls found in later months
and a group of 21 released by the militants in October.

Although the Chibok girls are the most high-profile case,
Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of adults and children, many
of whose cases are neglected, say aid organisations.


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