80 OUT OF THE OVER 100 SCHOOLGIRLS KIDNAPPED BY BOKO HARAM ESCAPE
About 80 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, kidnapped Monday evening by heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists have escaped from the custody of their abductors.
According to various reports, the girls fled when a truck conveying them to Boko Haram camp broke down on the way. The lucky girls reportedly jumped off the broken down truck, escaped into the bush and made their way to safety.
Father of one of the rescued girls Malam Ali Iliya, said his daughter told him when the trailer got stuck, some of the girls jumped out and ran for their lives.
They were scattered in the bush when the vigilante and local hunters found them. 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”, he said.
He added that his daughter Hajara was sound and healthy but weak stressing that:
“our children told us that when they started running, the insurgents didn’t shoot them. They allowed those who could run to go but those who could not run either as a result of fear or wound are still with them in the bush. My daughter said the abductors were over one hundred and that the girls were 243; she said the insurgents asked them to count themselves”.