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Six Women, Nine Children Escape From Boko Haram Captivity



Succour has come the way of six women and nine children after escaping from Boko Haram captivity in Borno State.

Naija News reports that victims were kidnapped several months ago in Takulashi village in Chibok, Borno and Cofure community in Hong, Adamawa state.

Presenting the victims to the state Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Monday, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo, said the victims were aged between 20 to 25 years .

She said the freed hostages, including an eight-month pregnant woman, trekked through the Sambisa Forest for about six hours before they were rescued by security operatives.

She said: “The victims who were freed, ran away from the Boko Haram custody at Buni Yadi axis of Yobe State and trekked through the Sambisa Forest for about six hours before they were rescued by security operatives.

“The three of them were abducted on the 3rd of October 2020, while the other ones were abducted on 5th of May, 2021.

“The three who were abducted at Takulashu village of Chibok; are Maryam Ishaya with one child, Racheal Simon with two children, and Esther Ayuba with two children, while Alheri Ezekiel has two children, Victoria Andrew and Victoria James also with two children were abducted from Cofure village, Hong town in Adamawa State.

Receiving the victims at the Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri, Zulum expressed delight in receiving the hostages after they were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.

The governor thanked God Almighty for rescuing them, while also appreciating security operatives for protecting them from the hands of terrorists.

He disclosed that the government was doing everything possible to ensure speedy reconstruction and reintegration of all victims of Boko Haram terrorists into society.

I am very happy to receive you my daughters after you fell prey to Boko Haram terrorists. We thank God Almighty for rescuing and protecting you from the hands of terrorists.

“As a government, we will do everything possible to reintegrate and support you to continue a normal life into the society as we hand you over to your respective families,” he said.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.