Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hunters, Soldiers rescue over 80 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, Borno Government offers N50M for information

Over 80 students of the Government Girls' Secondary School in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect have reportedly being rescued.

According to reports, the girls who were kidnapped during a raid by the insurgents on Monday night, April 14, 2014 , were rescued on Tuesday and Wednesday morning by a group of vigilante, local hunters and soldiers.

After kidnapping the girls and putting them in tipper lorries, they got stuck in the bush while they were trying to crossover some muddy area between Chibok and Askira/Uba.

Some of the girls were said to have jumped out of the lorry and ran for their lives.

Speaking on the incident, one of the rescued girl's father, Malam Ali Iliya said, his daughter told him that when they got stuck, the insurgents allowed those who jumped out escape and they did not shoot at them, adding that those who could not run either as a result of fear or wound are still with them in the bush.

The girls who escaped were found scattered in the bush by vigilante and local hunters.

Malm Ali said, "Some of them were wounded, some were with fracture, which I believe was as a result of jumping from the high vehicle, but we are happy that our children have been rescued.

"Now we are praying for those who are still with the Boko Haram; our prayer is that every father will have his child back."

According to his daughter, the abductors were over a hundred in number and the abducted girls were 243 as they were asked to count themselves.

He added that his daughter Hajara was sound and healthy but weak.

Meanwhile Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State promised to give N50 million to any individual or group that wouldvvolunteer credible information on the whereabouts of girls abducted at GGSS Chibok on Monday.

The visibly shocked governor addressed a press conference at the government house today.

"Even in Islam, women and children are spared during war," he said.

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