The Director, Nigerian Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, yesterday, in Abuja on the recovered young woman, said after a preliminary investigation, “it was discovered that she is the daughter of Abubakar Gali Mulima and Habiba Abubakar of Chibok.” The recovered school girl “further stated that she was a student of Senior Secondary School Class 3B (SS 3B), before her abduction along with her colleagues on April 14, 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists.” The statement said Rakiya Abubakar is presently undergoing further medical investigation and would soon be released to the Borno State Government.
It will be recalled that 21 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents, were released to the Nigerian government on October 13, 2016. The girls were picked up by military helicopter from Banki area of Borno State, where Boko Haram militants dropped them off earlier that day. It had earlier been reported that the girls were freed in a swap for detained Boko Haram leaders, a claim government denied. The girls were among the 219 students abducted by the insurgents in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014. One of them, Amina Ali Nkeki, had earlier this year, escaped from the abductors’ grip and was received by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.