Borno schoolgirls return from Boko Haram captivity with nine children

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has received another set of nine girls that escaped from Boko Haram captivity.

The girls came with nine children. One of the girls is eighth months pregnant.

Commissioner for women affairs Zuwaira Gambo presented the girls aged 20 to 25 to the governor on Monday.

She said, “The victims ran away from Boko Haram custody at Buni Yadi axis of Yobe State and trekked through Sambisa Forest for about six hours before they were rescued by security operatives.

“One could not make it here, as she was said to have been hospitalised with her daughter at an undisclosed hospital in Maiduguri.

“The girls, who were suspected to have been forcefully married off to Boko Haram terrorists, came with nine children.

“Three of them were abducted on October 3, 2020, while the others were abducted on May 5, 2021.

“Those three who abducted at a Church in Takulashu village of Chibok are Maryam Ishaya with one child; Racheal Simon with two children and Esther Ayuba with two children.

“Alheri Ezekiel has two children, Victoria Andrew and Victoria James also with two children, were abducted from Cofure village, Hong town in Adamawa State.”

Zulum said he was happy to receive them. “As government, we will do everything possible to reintegrate into the society as we hand you over to your respective families,” he said.