Two Chibok schoolgirls rescued after about nine years of being held captive by Boko Haram militants have received all the necessary medical attention they needed and would be handed over to the appropriate authorities according to the Nigerian Army.
Hauwa Joseph and Mary Dauda (Ngoshe), the two rescued girls from the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, are now in good health, according to Nigerian military officials.
A few days, Gallant Military Info reported that Nigerian Army troops rescued the two (2) Chibok School girls in different parts of Borno State. The two girls were rescued after being kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in 2014.
Boko Haram captured 276 girls from a school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, as part of over ten-year-old insurgency to set up an Islamic state in the north which has killed some 15,000 people and displaced more than 2 million.
Some girls escaped in the melee but parents of the remaining missing girls accused former President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s then leader, of not doing enough to find their daughters whose disappearance sparked a global campaign #bringbackourgirls.
Jonathan lost office in an election in March 2015.
Speaking to the press, one of the rescued girls, Mary Dauda, recounted her experience in the hands of the insurgents.
Speaking in Hausa language, she said she could still vividly recall her compulsory marriage eight years ago after she was abducted at the age of 18 years.
Dauda said that she walked through the deadly forest for many days before she found help.
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Like the others conscripted by the militants, she had been told that she would be hunted down and killed if she deserted.
She said “I took excuse from Malam Ahmed, that I will be visiting my relative from Chibok in the town of Ngoshe and he gave me one week. That is when I began my journey for freedom.
“I left Sabil Huda, popularly known as the camp of Abubakar Shekau and proceeded towards Njimiya and Parisu, where I met some of the Mujahedeens. They asked where I was going to and I told them I was given permission to visit my sister in Ngoshe.
“I finally arrived Gava village in Gwoza, after walking for many hours through the deadly forest under hardship condition. I asked some people to direct me to the home of daughter of Chibok.
After meeting her, I told her of my plans to return home, she told me she had wanted to come with me but her husband has placed her on strict surveillance for attempting to run. I then left her and proceeded toward Ngoshe town.
On my way, I met an old man who promised to help me to escape. But he told me that it won’t be possible in the afternoon untill the sun had set. At about 8 p.m., he took me to Ngoshe town and told me to pass the night in the outskirt of the town and proceed the next morning.
When the day broke, I took myself to some soldiers where I was rescued with my baby,” she said.
On her part, Hauwa Joseph (Pictured below) said she was forcefully married to Amir Abbah, Commander of Boko Haram (Munzul), at Gazuwa camp who was later killed during an encounter with the troops of the Nigerian Army.
She said that she voluntarily escaped from the camp of the terrorists during massive incursion of the troops of the Nigerian army into their camp in Gazuwa on June 12.
Joseph said as people were running the same direction where the sect members are hiding women and Children, she took a seperate route to escape from the terrorists camp.
She said on her way, she met with some of the insurgents who asked her where she was going, but she tricked them and told them that she was following some women to hide in the nearby forest.
I slept under the tree with my child, then proceeded the next day untill I arrived the road where I approached a military check point. Initially, they thought I was a suicide bomber, but when I explained my self, they took me along with them.
She thanked the military for rescuing her, saying that she hoped other girls still in the camps of the terrorists would be rescued.