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293 Females Rescued from Sambisa Forest Undergo Pregnancy & HIV Tests

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The 293 females whom the Nigerian Army recently rescued from Sambisa Forest, are currently undergoing pregnancy and HIV tests.

According to Punch, military authorities took them to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Borno State for the tests.

An intelligence officer told newsmen that seven of the girls had gunshot injuries, and were also receiving treatment at the hospital. He also revealed that 200 of the 293 females were between the ages of 13 and 18.

Speaking on the matter, Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade said: “We will talk about it when we are through; we are busy moving them off the line of duty for a thorough screening. The military would do everything to take care of them and make them feel not traumatised.”

Another officer said:

“This is a sensitive matter that has to be handled with   serious caution. You cannot say before the commencement of the investigation that they are the Chibok girls or not.

Another thing is that you cannot start asking them if they are from Chibok because of the harrowing experiences or trauma they   have gone through.

Clearly, it would be too early for anybody to say that Chibok girls are among them or not; they are under custody; they went through trauma and we want to them to have some relief. Those with medical requirements are being treated. But the military is very careful.   There is the need to ascertain their true identities.

There would be individual interrogation of each of those rescued, to ascertain their link with the sect.”

7 Comments

  1. Tanya

    April 30, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Thank God they’ve been rescued. I pray they are disease free ’cause they don’t need any such souvenirs from BH. It will be good if they have access to psychotherapy and a complete change of environment if possible. May God be with them.

  2. tonia

    April 30, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Thank god for saving them and I also want to thank the army for their efforts so far.

  3. NI

    April 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

    How are we sure they were rescued? and that they’re not wives and kids of the Boko Haram Members? or even recruits or BH sympathizers? Shouldn’t they be de-briefed before these tests? I don’t understand how this is the initial concern.

    I’m not saying we should put them through further trauma, but we just need to be smart in handling these issues. It would be disastrous to release elements of Boko Haram into the society. Our Intelligence agencies must ascertain their loyalties and re-socialize them before they can return home.

  4. nnenne

    April 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    The Lord will see them through.
    Man’s inhumanity to man. Sad,

  5. tunmi

    April 30, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I hope they get the medical and mental help they will need

  6. wagamama

    April 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Very tricky situation. Rehabilitation should be at the forefront of any other activity. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria, God bless the Nigerian Army.

  7. Pastor Emmanuel

    May 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I return all the glory to God Almighty for this rescue of our daughters and other victims of this devilish sect who are created for a godly purpose but have decided to wreck havoc on mankind. May God strengthen the gallant soldiers who have not only fought to rid Nigeria of these demons in human flesh but many gave in their lives for this noble cause.

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