The Nigerian Army on Saturday handed over Maryam Ali Maiyanga, the Chibok girl, with her ten-month-old son, to the Borno Government after they were rescued from Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area, by troops.
Maj-Gen.Lucky Irabor, Theater Commander of 7 Div. of Nigeria Army, disclosed this to newsmen in Maiduguri.
“At about 6 a.m., while screening some escapees from Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout in Sambisa forest, we discovered one of the abducted Government Secondary School Chibok girls, named Maryam Ali Maiyanga, among them.
“She was discovered to be carrying a 10-month-old son, named Ali.
“She revealed to us that her husband, who is the father of her child, was killed by Boko Haram insurgents during one of the military operations in Sambisa forest.
“The Nigerian Army felt very elated because the desire of any army officer in operation Lafiya Dole is to make sure that every person that is held hostage by the Boko Haram insurgents is rescued.
“We are hopeful that all the other captives would be released. This has come and it has strengthened our hope that the rest would be rescued,” he said.
In his remarks, Alhaji Kakashehu Lawal, The Borno Commissioner of Justice, commended the military for their continuous efforts toward securing the release of all those abducted by the insurgents.
“This is indeed a great achievement not only for the state government but also for the Federal Government because one of the commitments of Mr President is to rescue all the girls alive and reunite them with their parents,” Lawal said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Maryam Ali Maiyanga was the among the 219 girls that were kidnapped in Government Girls Secondary School Chibok on April 14, 2014.
The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement has confirmed the identity of a Chibok School girl, Maryam Ali Maiyanga who was found in Pulka by Nigerian troops at the weekend.
In a statement issued Saturday in Abuja and signed by its spokesperson, Sesugh Akume, BBOG identified Maryam as Umber 198 on its list.
Maryam Ali Maiyanga (2-L), one of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped Boko Haram Islamists in April 2014, carries her 10-month-old son while arriving at the Government House, after her rescue, on November 5, 2016 in Maiduguri.
Nigerian troops early November 4 rescued another of the missing Chibok schoolgirls seized by Boko Haram Islamists, during an operation near the border with Cameroon, a spokesman said.
The girl, who was found along with her baby son, was one of the more than 200 schoolgirls taken by the Islamist group from their hostels in the remote town of Chibok in April 2014.
“We welcome news of the return of another of our abducted Chibok Girls.”