Nigeria has reported that one of the missing Chibok girls identified as Amina Ali Nkek have been found at the edge of Sambisa forest.
Ever since the abduction of the 276 Nigerian school girls from Chibok, Nigeria and the world at large constantly anticipated their return. On April 14, 2016, a proof of life video of some of the girls surfaced.
Information reaching the media says that one of these girls has been discovered by a vigilante group working around the Sambisa forest. According to the found girl, 6 out of the missing girls were dead already.
“She was saying… all the Chibok girls are still there in the Sambisa except six of them that have already died.”- Hosea Abana Tsambido, Chaiman, Chibok community.
Earlier report on this discovery says the the found girl was identified as Amina Ali Nkek. She was located by one of the Vigilante team- Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF)- enforced to assist in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists. The civilian fighters found her around the Cameroonian border, fetching firewood.
Amina appears to have been recognized by her family and neighbors. The report says that Amina is from Mbalala, the South region of Chibok. 25 other missing girls are said to be from the same place. Sources say that Amina Ali Nkek was found with a baby. Her uncle, Yakubu Nkeki says she has re-united with her family.
Another report from the Nigerian military have also resurfaced with contradictions. The military force confirms that the girl in question is identified as Falmata Mbalala. The official statement says she was found by the army in the Baale region near Damboa, a local government area of Borno state.
During the earlier United States and UK intervention in the matter 2 years ago, it was reported that the troop spotted about 80 girls in a part of the infamous Sambisa bushes. It was feared that rescuing the spotted girls at all cost back then could indirectly jeopardize the lives of the others.
“You might have rescued a few but many would have been killed. My personal fear was always about the girls not in that encampment – 80 were there, but 250 were taken, so the bulk were not there. What would have happened to them? You were damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”– Dr Andrew Pocock, Former British High Commissioner.
So far, the Nigerian Military forces have been making significant progress in fighting the terrorist group.