Jinka Yama, one of the recently rescued Chibok schoolgirls says she is looking forward to reuniting with her husband, a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, stating that she’s still in love with him.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Yama wants her husband, Usman, to lay down his arms and surrender to the Nigerian military so that her desire of a reunion can be achieved.
The 24-year-old who escaped from the Islamic terrorist group’s captivity with three of her children told journalists recently at a press conference at the Headquarters of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK ) that she still misses Usman who is the father of two of her three children.
According to her, she had told her husband in captivity of her intention to escape but “my husband asked me to do whatever I wish.”
Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping
On the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 mostly Christian female students aged 16 to 18 were kidnapped by Boko Haram elements from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok town, Borno State.
Prior to the raid, the school had been closed for four weeks due to deteriorating security conditions, but the girls were in attendance in order to take final exams in physics.
57 of the schoolgirls escaped immediately following the incident by jumping from the trucks on which they were being transported, and others have been rescued by the Nigerian Armed Forces on various occasions. Hopes have been raised that the 219 remaining girls might be released, however, some girls are believed to be dead.
Amina Ali, one of the missing girls, was found in May 2016. She claimed that the remaining girls were still there, but that six had died.
Some have described their capture in appearances at international human rights conferences.
Boko Haram has used the girls as negotiating pawns in prisoner exchanges, offering to release some girls in exchange for some of their captured commanders in jail.
The girls kidnapped in Chibok in 2014 are only a small percentage of the total number of people abducted by Boko Haram.
Amnesty International estimated in 2015 that at least 2,000 women and girls had been abducted by Boko Haram since 2014, many of whom had been forced into sexual slavery.
As of September 2022, eight years after the initial Chibok Schoolgirls kidnapping, over 50 of the girls remain missing.
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