Mystery over identity of second 'Chibok girl' as it's claimed she's not on missing Boko Haram list
Published 20/05/2016 | 13:02
Nigeria's military has reported rescuing a second "Chibok girl" in a forest battle with Islamic extremists, but a community leader said she is not on the list of students missing after the 2014 mass abduction by Boko Haram.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said soldiers freed the girl after a battle in north-eastern Sambisa Forest in which they liberated 97 women and children and killed 35 extremists.
He said she is 157 on a list of 218 girls seized more than two years ago from a boarding school, but Chibok community leader Pogu Bitrus said number 157 has a different name.
The list has two other young women sharing the surname given by the military, and the rescued girl may have been visiting older sisters at the school on the night of the kidnapping, said Mr Bitrus.
The first Chibok teenager to be found was discovered with a four-month-old baby by hunters on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest on Tuesday.
On Thursday, Amina Ali Nkeki, 19, was flown to Abuja to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.
Parents of the kidnapped girls, the Bring Back Our Girls movement and aid workers have criticised the Nigerian government and military for their handling of the development, with Refugees International claiming her escape is being politicised and that she should not be paraded in public but getting urgent medical care for sexual abuse and psycho-social counselling.
Ms Nkeki has revealed that a few of the girls died in captivity but most remain under heavy guard in the forest, according to family doctor Idriss Danladi.