Head of the abducted Chibok Girls Parents Group, Yakubu Nkeki, has raised serious doubt over the identity of the alleged second Chibok secondary school supposedly rescued by the Nigerian military on Thursday, May 19.
The Nigerian Army confirmed the rescue of the second Chibok schoolgirl by troops of Army detachment and special forces supported by members of Civilian Joint Task Force in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno.
Army Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said that the teenager was believed to be a Christian pastor’s daughter by the name Serah Luka, along with 96 other hostages including women and children were rescued when troops invaded a Boko Haram camp in Shettima Aboh in Damboa Area.
“We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government Secondary School girls abducted on April 14, 2014.
During debriefing, the girl revealed that she was a JSS1 student of the school at the time they were abducted.
“She added that she hails from Madagali, Adamawa State and that there were three other girls who fled the camp when the troops invaded the area on Thursday,” Usman said in the statement.
Usman said that during the operation that resulted in the rescue of the girl, 35 Boko Haram fighters were killed while several arms, ammunition and other items were recovered from the insurgents.
He said the troops comprising 231 Battalion, 331 Artillery Regiment, detachment of the Armed Forces Special Forces Battalion and the Explosive Ordinance Team, also cleared terrorists in the adjourning communities.
However, in a swift response, the head of parents of Chibok missing schoolgirls, Nkeki dismissed claimed that so-called second rescued girl was from Chibok stressing that there were only four priests on the list of parents and none was called Luka.
“I can say in my capacity as the head of the Chibok Abducted Girls Parents Group that this girl is not among the abducted Chibok girls,” he told AFP.
“Only two girls with the surname Luka were on the list of abducted girls and none was from Madagali, in neighbouring Adamawa State, as the military said the second student had claimed,” he added.
Nonetheless, the military insisted that the teenager, believed to be a pastor’s daughter, is one of the missing Chibok school girls.
The army’s statement said it was “beyond reasonable doubt” that she was among the girls snatched.
“The military personnel who carried out the rescue operation and the civilian vigilantes who assisted them and those who know the girl confirmed that she is among those abducted,” he added.
Leader of BringBackOurGirls campaign group in Abuja, Oby Ezekwisili, said they were “overjoyed” at the rescue but tweeted, “We have asked for some further verification of her identity.”
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that the joy of the first rescue was almost marred by counter claims by both the military and the vigilante group.
Whereas the former says it secured the rescue of the Amina Alli, the civilian JTF had insisted that it was responsible for her rescue and had actually handed her over to the military.
Members of Boko Haram allegedly abducted more than 200 secondary school girls on the evening of April 14, 2014, while they were preparing for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations, SSCE.


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