House of Representatives has intervened in the plight of rescued girls and women from Sambisa Forest by directing its Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to liaise with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to ascertain the number of the victims and steps it has taken to rehabilitate them.
The females were rescued by the military from Boko Haram sect which held them captive in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.
The House commended the military and NEMA for the role they had played in ensuring that the girls get back to their normal lives.
The Lower Chamber resolution followed a motion of urgent national importance entitled “Kidnapped Women and Children Rescued at Sambisa Forest by the Nigeria Army: Urgent Need for Proper Rehabilitation and Integration” moved by Hon. Friday Itulah (PDP, Edo).
In his lead debate, Itulah said that there was need to ascertain the real number of women and children involved as there had been conflicting figures in the media.
He expressed concern that the rescued females needed urgent care from government and well- meaning Nigerians as some of the women and girls were reported to be pregnant.
Hon. Terab Abdulrahman (APC, Borno), who supported the motion, said the issue of proper rehabilitation of the girls and women had become so critical that failure to act promptly could haunt the country in the future.
In his reaction, the House Minority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos), said the the issue goes beyond sponsoring of motion and called on Itulah to come up with a special bill on how to permanently rehabilitate such people.
Hon Abubakar Momoh (SDP, Edo) expressed regret on the number of pregnant girls and called for proper rehabilitation and integration.
The House, however, adopted the amendment to the prayers made by Hon. Bitrus Kaze (PDP, Plateau) that the military and NEMA should be commended for their good work so far.
In its resolution, the House directed that the girls be given proper care, rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society.
The committee was given one week to report back to the House.
Troops kill more terrorists, rescue another 25 women, children
Meanwhile, troops yesterday killed more terrorists and rescued another 25 women and children in their renewed crackdown on insurgents.
The troops recued the hostages from Sambisa Forest, the last stronghold of Boko Haram where they attacked and destroyed the terrorists’ camps.
Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, disclosed that one soldier was killed and five others were wounded.
Troops have in the last one week recorded unprecedented success against Boko Haram sect in the fight against terrorism in North-East region.
During the period under review, about 700 children and women have been rescued by the soldiers with the support of the air force team.
On Tuesday last week, Defence Headquarters, DHQ Abuja confirmed the rescue of 293 girls and women from the forest, followed by another 160, and then 234, but if they included the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago from Chibok town by Boko Haram insurgents.