Lagos: A second Chibok schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been found during military operations in northeast Nigeria, the army said on Thursday.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said she was among 97 women and children rescued by troops and civilian vigilantes in the Damboa area of Borno state on Thursday.
“We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government (Girls) Secondary School girls that were abducted on 14th April 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists,” he added.
“Her name is Miss Serah Luka,” he added in a statement.
The student, who is believed to be a Christian pastor’s daughter, said she was “at the school at the time they were abducted” and that she was from Madagali, in neighbouring Adamawa state, Usman said.
Luka said she had only been at the school in Chibok for just over two months when the kidnapping happened, he added.
Many of the 276 girls who were initially abducted were from the surrounding area and were sitting exams in Chibok as their schools were closed because of the conflict.
Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and until this week, there had been few indications about the whereabouts of the 219 others held or their possible release.Usman added: “She is presently receiving medical attention at the medical facility of Abogo Largema Cantonment, Biu, Borno State....