Chibok girls: Rescued Amina to meet President Buhari – BBC News

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Amina was found with a four-month-old baby

The first of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls to be rescued since her capture two years ago is to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.

Amina Ali Nkeki, 19, was found with a baby by an army-backed vigilante group on Tuesday in the huge Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon.

She was one of 219 pupils missing since they were abducted from a secondary school in eastern Chibok in April 2014.

They were taken by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

On Wednesday, Amina and her four-month-old baby were flown by the Nigerian Air Force Maiduguri – the capital of Borno state.

Earlier, they were examined at a local military facility.

Amina – who has had an emotional reunion with her mother – is expected to arrive in the country’s capital Abuja later on Thursday to meet President Buhari.

Mr Buhari’s spokesman said the young woman would then be helped to reintegrate into society.

Amina was reportedly recognised by a fighter of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF),a vigilante group set up to help fight Boko Haram.

She was with a suspected Boko Haram fighter who is now in the Nigerian military’s custody. Named as Mohammed Hayatu, he said he was Amina’s husband.

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Hosea Abana Tsambido, the chairman of the Chibok community in the capital, Abuja, told the BBC that Amina had been found after venturing into the forest to search for firewood.

“She was saying… all the Chibok girls are still there in the Sambisa except six of them that have already died.”

During the April 2014 attack, Boko Haram gunmen arrived in Chibok late at night, then raided the school dormitories and loaded 276 girls on to trucks.

More than 50 managed to escape within hours, mostly by jumping off the lorries and running off into roadside bushes.

A video broadcast by CNN in April this year appeared to show some of the kidnapped schoolgirls alive.

Fifteen girls in black robes were pictured. They said they were being treated well but wanted to be with their families.

The video was allegedly shot on Christmas Day 2015 and some of the girls were identified by their parents.

The Chibok schoolgirls, many of whom are Christian, had previously not been seen since May 2014, when Boko Haram released a video of about 130 of them gathered together reciting the Koran.

The abduction led to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which was supported by US First Lady Michelle Obama and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

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Amina Ali Nkeki was one of 25 abducted girls who came from the same town

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The Bring Back Our Girls campaigners and relatives of the girls have marched in Abuja to demand more be done to rescue them

Boko Haram at a glance:

  • Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education – Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, and hundreds abducted
  • Joined so-called Islamic State, now calls itself IS’s “West African province”
  • Seized large area in north-east, where it declared caliphate
  • Regional force has now retaken most of that territory

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Town divided by Boko Haram legacy

On patrol against Boko Haram

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Chibok girls: Rescued Amina to meet President Buhari – BBC News