Chibok girl escapes Boko Haram, says Nigeria's presidency

The girl was found by government troops while she was escaping, Femi Adesina said, without giving details.

"In all these years I was among those who insistently asked the government to do everything possible to free the girls", said Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja.

The suspect claimed she was first abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno, in 2013 as she and her father tried to flee their home to safety.

According to the army, the weapons recovered from the four Boko Haram kidnap gang are one locally-made six-loader single barrelled gun, one empty cartridge, two machetes, a knife, two mobile phones, two packets of Tramadol tablets and N360,000. The only relative allowed to meet them was Yakubu Nkeki, chairman for the Chibok parents' group and a primary school teacher who taught numerous girls, according to the Guardian.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. "They [the militants] brought the girls to me." .

The group of experts, according to the Associated Press, also called on Nigeria and the worldwide community not to forget about kidnapped victims still held by Boko Haram, and to work toward their release.

"There is a lot of speculation about the centrality of these commanders to Boko Haram's tactics and to its operations, but no further information has been released", said Hilary Matfess, senior program officer at the Center for Democracy and Development in Abuja. But Abana Ishaya said he can not travel the long distance from his home in northern Nigeria to the capital without the government's invitation and assurance that he will see her.

Shortly after the release of the 82 girls on May 7, President Muhammadu Buhari, on his way to London for medical checkups, said the gesture was his second anniversary gift to Nigerians.

"He had dealt with them in the past and they keep to their word", he said.

When 57-year-old Zannah Mustapha arrived for the handover of the 82 Chibok girls freed from Boko Haram after three years in captivity, a militant read out the girls' names from a list. When she saw me, she ran and grabbed me and started crying.

Meanwhile, a week after their release, 81 of the 82 girls have still not met their families.

Boko Haram, which has been active in northeast Nigeria since 2009, wants to create a special Islamic state in the country, as well as in bordering regions of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

  • Leroy Wright