Rescued Chibok girls: Nigerians are confused and have these 9 questions to ask

In April 2014, Boko Haram insurgents stormed the
Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in
Borno state, kidnapping over 200 girls.
Some of the girls managed to escape from the insurgents
by jumping off from the lorries used in conveying them to
an unknown destination.
For over two years now, the Nigerian government has been
making efforts to find the missing girls with no luck.

President, Muhammadu Buhari with Amina Ali, the rescued
Chibok girl and her baby on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
Finally, on Wednesday, May 18, there was good news as
reports surfaced that one of the girls had been found and
reunited with her family. Her name was given as Amina Ali.
The next day, a second Chibok girl was reportedly rescued.
She was identified as Serah Luka and was said to be among
97 women and children rescued in the Damboa area of
Their return has been greeted with celebration and prayers
of thanksgiving. It has raised hope that the remaining
missing girls will be found soon.
However, some Nigerians are still confused about the
rescue of the girls as there are different versions of the
Here are nine questions Nigerians are asking about the two
rescued Chibok girls.
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1. How did the girl escape from her captors?
Some Nigerians are curious as to how the girl was able to
escape from her abductors after such a long time. If the
insurgents were able to keep such a large group of women
for over two years, how come one of them was able to
2. Why can’t she speak English?
When it became known that the rescued girl couldn’t speak
English, Nigerians took to social media to start asking
questions. The rescued girl was an SS3 student preparing
for the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE)
before their abduction. Some Nigerians are saying an SS3
student should be able to communicate in English or at the
very least, Pidgin English.
3. Who rescued her?
When the report first surfaced in the media, Amina was said
to have been found by members of the Civilian Joint Task
Force (CJTF), a vigilante group that assists the official
security services in the fight against Boko Haram. Minutes
later, the army claimed responsibility for her rescue, giving
a different account of how she was rescued. An army
spokesperson claimed Amina was among those rescued by
Nigerian troops at Baale near Damboa.
4. How far were the CJTF from the camp in Sambisa
where other 200 were being kept?
The rescued girl disclosed that the other girls were alive
and being held in Sambisa forest, though she said six were
dead. Some Nigerians want to know the distance between
where the CJTF found her and where the others are still
being held in captivity.
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5. How many names does she have?
While the activist who found the girl gave her name as
Amina Ali, the Nigerian army, in a confirmatory statement
issued on Wednesday gave her name as Falmata Mbalala.
But, when she was later taken to her school, the vice
principal recognized her name in the school’s register as
Aisha Ali. The army later issued a statement saying her
name is Amina Ali.
6. Won’t displaying her jeopardize the lives of the other
missing girls?
Some are of the opinion that her identity should have been
kept hidden as displaying her as a trophy would jeopardize
the lives of the others still in Boko Haram captivity.
7. Why is her abductor and serial rapist of a minor
being referred to as her “husband”?
All media reports have been calling the man she was found
with her husband. Some are wondering why a man who
forcefully separated her from her parents for over two
years, married her without the consent of her family and
serially raped a minor will be referred to as her husband.
8. Is the second rescued girl one of the missing girls?
The army on Thursday announced that they rescued a
second Chibok girl. She was said to be Serah Luka, who was
among 97 women and children rescued earlier that day in
the Damboa area of the northeastern state of Borno.
However, a review of the full list of the abducted girls
showed that there was no Serah Luka on the list.
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9. If she was in JSS 1, was she also writing WASCE?
More questions popped up when the news that the second
girl found was in JSS1 against the established information
that only girls who were in school to take their WAEC
examination was abducted. Since their abduction, all the
reports suggested that all the kidnapped girls were SSS 3
students writing their final WASC examination at the Chibok
The Boko Haram terrorist sect has been greatly weakened
by military operations. Nigerian troops have been
recording successes against the insurgents. However, the
terrorists still remain dangerous. With the return of two
missing Chibok girls, many are hoping that army will find
the remaining girls soon.