4 Chibok school girls escape from Boko Haram captors
Another set of four girls has miraculously escaped from the captivity of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamist insurgents.
The girls were among those abducted from their hostel at the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
The girls reportedly escaped from the stronghold of their Boko Haram captors on Wednesday. Over 200 female students of the school are believed to have been abducted by the Boko Haram gunmen, out of which 44 of the students had earlier escaped.
The escape of the four students on Wednesday thus brought the number of the girls who have escaped so far to 48 with about 230 still believed to be with the insurgents.
The four girls were said to have been found in a village around Monguno in the northern part of the state by some good Samaritans last Sunday before they were handed over to security operatives in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Minister of Interior Abba Moro was said to have also confirmed their escape while speaking on a BBC Hausa Service report monitored in Maiduguri, saying the four girls were hale and hearty.
'Information reaching me from the area indicates that four more girls escaped from captivity and they are healthy, security forces are presently trying to identify their parents so that they can receive them', Moro was quoted as saying.
He dismissed the allegation that Federal Government was not doing enough to rescue the girls, describing it as baseless. 'Government is doing everything within its powers to ensure that the girls are freed unhurt.
People should realise that security agents need more time to do the job and they have to be cautious so as not to endanger the lives of the girls in the process of the rescue operation,' he stated.
The Caretaker Chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, Mr. Ba'ana Lawan, also confirmed the return of the four girls. ' Yes, I also heard that four of the abducted school girls have been rescued in Monguno before handing them over to the security operatives.
I was told that they are currently receiving treatment at one of the hospitals in Maiduguri due to the condition they found themselves.
'I quickly rushed to the hospital to verify such an important information, but I was disappointed as I was not allowed to see or know the whereabouts of the girls by security men and the hospital authorities,' he said.
Their escape however lends credence to the claim that the abducted schoolgirls might have been ferried out of the Sambisa Forest to another location. Also speaking on the escape, a local source said: 'The girls, who looked traumatised and frustrated were sighted around the outskirts of Monguno.
Only one of them managed to talk as she said, they were students writing their final year exams in Chibok but were kidnapped by unknown gunmen.'
The source said the villagers who found them were told that when four of them developed serious illness while conveying them to an unknown destination, they were later abandoned by their captors in the bush before being rescued .