Barely 48 hours after the Nigerian Army announced the rescue of Amina Ali, one of the 200 schoolgirls abducted from the Chibok community in Borno State, another schoolgirl was rescued on Thursday.
The news was disclosed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, even as he promised to release more details about the operation that led to her rescue.
Also, “a total of 97 women and children were freed,” he said, adding that “at least 35 Boko Haram fighters were killed.”
According to him, Serah Luka, a daughter of a pastor, was rescued about 11.00am, yesterday, Thursday during a military operation against the ISIS-affiliated militants, Boko Haram.
Usman, in a statement issued on Thursday night, revealed that upon interrogation, Serah was quoted as saying that three other girls ran from their captors following the military operations.
The statement read: “At about 11.00am today, Thursday, 19th May 2016, troops of 231 Battalion, 331 Artillery Regiment (AR), Detachment of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) 2, Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Team and Civilian Vigilante group of Buratai, conducted clearance operations at Shettima Aboh, Hong and Biladdili general area in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.”
“During the operations, the troops killed 35 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered several arms and ammunition and other items. In addition, they rescued 97 women and children held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government Secondary School girls that were abducted on 14th April 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists. Her name is Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted school girls. She is believed to be the daughter of Pastor Luka.
“During debriefing the girl revealed that she was a JSS1 student of the school at the time they were abducted. She further added that she hails from Madagali, Adamawa State. She averred that she reported at the school barely two months and one week before her unfortunate abduction along with other girls over two years ago.
“She added that there (are) other three girls who fled from Shettima Aboh when the troops invaded the area earlier today which led to their rescue. She is presently receiving medical attention at the medical facility of Abogo Largema Cantonment, Biu, Borno State.”
The news of Serah’s rescue is coming barely two days after Nigerian government officials announced the rescue of another kidnap victim, Amina Ali.
Amina met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday.
During the emotional meeting, President Buhari held the baby Amina gave birth to while a captive of the terror group.
“Like all Nigerians and many others around the world, I am delighted that Amina Ali is free, but it is tinged with deep sorrow with what she had to go through,” Buhari said.
Amina was accompanied by her family and Borno State Gov. Kashim Shettima, whose residence she had visited the previous night.