Nigerian Army insists second rescued girl among abducted Chibok schoolgirls

Serah Luka, rescued Chibok girl
Photo: Sky News
Serah Luka, rescued Chibok girl Photo: Sky News

The Nigerian Army has defended its earlier statement that a second girl rescued by its troops on Thursday was among the nearly 300 school students abducted from a secondary school in Chibok by Boko Haram.

The army dismissed reports that Serah Luka’s name was not on the list of girls taken from the school by the militants on April 14, 2014.

A statement from the army announcing Ms. Luka’s rescue said she was a native of Madagali in Adamawa State and was number 157 on the list of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

But a community leader, Pogu Bitrus, told the Associated Press Friday that Ms. Luka was not on the list of 218 students still missing from the mass abduction.

He also said the number 157 on the list was not Serah Luka.

Mr. Bitrus suggested the rescued girl may have been visiting older sisters at the school the night of the kidnapping, according to the news agency.

Also, Yakubu Nkeki, the head of the Chibok Abducted Girls Parents group, told the AFP that his records showed only two girls with the surname Luka.

“These are Kauna Luka Yana and Naomi Luka Dzakwa. Among the list of parents we have only four priests and none of them is Luka,” he was quoted as saying.

“Among the girls none of them is from Madagali (in Adamawa State). They were either from Chibok, Damboa, Askira and Uba (all in Borno state). So I can say… that this girl is not among the abducted Chibok girls.

But Sani Usman, the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday afternoon that the military stood by its earlier statement.

He said the army as an institution had resolved not join issues with those who have clear “political agenda”.

Mr. Usman said the army had verified all the details Ms. Luka provided shortly after she was rescued, saying only established government institutions have the powers to confirm the identity of a citizen.

“We cannot be dragging words with people who have clear political agenda. The facts speak for themselves that that girl came from Adamawa and, beyond all reasonable doubt, she is amongst those that were abducted on the 14th of April 2014 in Government Secondary School, Chibok.

“For anybody to wake up and say he’s the head of Chibok community and the girl was not amongst those kidnapped is wrong. If the principal of that school comes out and say ‘this is my nominal role and I don’t have such student’ then we can be debating the matter,” Mr. Usman said.

“She is not from Chibok but Adamawa and she may not have been on any of the unofficial lists that said they were 249 girls or 219 girls, but she was kidnapped and we have all the facts.”

Asked if he was certain of his claims, Mr. Usman said “Yes, otherwise we won’t release the news to the whole world”.

Mr. Usman urged those making the allegations to “leave the Army out of this politics”.


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  • GEJ FOREVER

    THE GAME IS TIMED FOR MAY 29 …… SHAMEFUL “CHIBOK GIRLS” CONSPIRACY

    KICK-OFF: ………… OBASANJO VISITS GOVERNOR SHETTIMA IN BORNO STATE

    GAME ON: …………. THE LIES & THE CHIBOK GIRLS FOUND SCAM BEGIN TO UNFOLD

    To make sure that the so called “Chibok Girls Found Scam” is well coordinated … Obasanjo also visited Buhari in Aso Rock before and after his visit to Shettima in Borno State .., shameless clowns!

    WHAT A SHAME!

    • deansmart

      You were not born with HATE you only developed HATE. but I wish it would not kill you

      • Muhammad Garba

        GEJ forever in Niger Delta not in Nigeria. In addition, only in Nigeria we have educated illiterate. Only educated illiterate have myopic and negative perception.

    • Musa M. Dantsoho

      Well, the Chibok girls abduction started sometime in the past. Initially, “diaris God woo’ dismissed the abduction saga. But, uptil when they vacated office in May, 2015, the Chibok rescue is one of the unfulfilled promises of their administration.

      • GEJ FOREVER

        CHIBOK GIRLS IS MONUMENTAL BUHARI …/BOKO HARAM/ …APC SCAM

        • felixoti

          If it was a scam, as you claim, the PDP and GEJ must have played a major role in that. Any wonder why Madam Peace was faking her cry?

    • felixoti

      GEJ FOREVER means stealing and corruption forever. Now we know those not to put in charge of public office in Nigeria, lest they clean out what GEJ left behind (LOL)

      • IZON Redeemer

        At least he gave us a sane budget—for once—–Jonathan never padded budhets–Buhari cannot even account for the 4.4t budget for last year–The money is gone but not one road was fixed by Buhari–Using all these fake election funds probes to deceive Nigerians–when will he probe funds he got from the Apes in APC like Amaechi and Fashola ati Prof Yakubu–The wife recently donated 55 million to the Chibo girls——————-alleging that the money came from book launch–fine But refused to tell us how much was realised FROM THE EVENT.

        • felixoti

          If you believe all that you have just said, you do justify my reason for saying you should not be elected or appointed into any office.

          Instead of telling you, I would prefer that you go and do a bit of research into Nigerian budgets from 2007 going forward, and what has actually been happening.

          All the same , I admire your determination to defend your man/men

  • NazirJos

    She was or she was not among the Chibok Girls, the good news is that the girl has been rescued and will reunite with her family.

    • vagabonds in power

      Is Sarah the recently rescued Chibok Girl for real or she is just acting a script by the Apes in APC?

      Marie Sana

      May 20, 2016 General No Comments on Is Sarah the recently rescued Chibok Girl for real or she is just acting a script…..Buhari? Chibok Girls that was Kidnapped, raped, dehumanised, traumatised and impregnated by a TERRORIST and KIDNAPPER for 2 years inside Sambisa forest, without good clothes, healthy food, health care throughout her 9 months of pregnancy, will not look so healthy and happy.How did the newly born baby survive all this drama ?

      Does Boko Haram have hotel rooms in Sambisa forest? How come the little girl has not pimples talk less of a scares on her lovely body and face, was she raped on a vita foam bed ?

      Do they have mosquito nets and fumigation insecticide inside Sambisa, with a midwife from France there to deliver the baby so well for her?

      She can’t even speak English and we were told she wanted to write WAEC 2 years ago, but she claimed to be in JSS1 by the time she was adopted.

      All this story doesn’t add up at all

      If she is truly rescued she would look traumatised and be needing Protection, rehabilitation and made to go through psychological treatment among other very serious medical care for both herself and her newly born baby.

      Not this usual propaganda publicity that she is being used for by APC- He has kids studying in London,Buhari shouldn’t allow greed for money and lust for power drag him to this mess, it’s too obvious the script writer lacks knowledge. There are other things to celebrate your one year in office sir, not the cheap lies, U are already splashing mud onto your fake integrity Mr president.

  • linkhadj.

    Why is the Army insisting on what they are not on a good ground to argue? Can they know somebody’s child more than the parent? The parents said the girl is not their child and you are still insisting the child belong to them. Haha! Is it every abducted and rescued female that belongs to the group of Chibok girl? The Army just wants to receive praise that it is rescuing the “Chibok” girls.

  • Otile

    Shame on Buhari and his ruling cabal. They are using these lies to cover up the hardship brought in by this administration. Soon they will run out of girls to use and the truth will come out.

  • Delnerd

    The whole thing is confusing. This lack the least coherency ever. No stories were alike or close. Owners say no, Army says yes? who owns the child then and for who is the information for?
    This confusion will lead us no where and i have come to conclusion that Lies=0 and if lies and confusion is =0 it means that these issue of Chibok girls was a scam while Innocent children were sacrificed in the plot. Else,let coherent and substantiable truth come out. let the Release girl talk to the press…my opinion

  • vagabonds in power

    Is Sarah the recently rescued Chibok Girl for real or she is just acting a script by the Apes in APC?

    Marie Sana

    May 20, 2016 General No Comments on Is Sarah the recently rescued Chibok Girl for real or she is just acting a script…..Buhari? Chibok Girls that was Kidnapped, raped, dehumanised, traumatised and impregnated by a TERRORIST and KIDNAPPER for 2 years inside Sambisa forest, without good clothes, healthy food, health care throughout her 9 months of pregnancy, will not look so healthy and happy.How did the newly born baby survive all this drama ?

    Does Boko Haram have hotel rooms in Sambisa forest? How come the little girl has not pimples talk less of a scares on her lovely body and face, was she raped on a vita foam bed ?

    Do they have mosquito nets and fumigation insecticide inside Sambisa, with a midwife from France there to deliver the baby so well for her?

    She can’t even speak English and we were told she wanted to write WAEC 2 years ago, but she claimed to be in JSS1 by the time she was adopted.

    All this story doesn’t add up at all

    If she is truly rescued she would look traumatised and be needing Protection, rehabilitation and made to go through psychological treatment among other very serious medical care for both herself and her newly born baby.

    Not this usual propaganda publicity that she is being used for by APC- He has kids studying in London,Buhari shouldn’t allow greed for money and lust for power drag him to this mess, it’s too obvious the script writer lacks knowledge. There are other things to celebrate your one year in office sir, not the cheap lies, U are already splashing mud onto your fake integrity Mr president.

  • MC

    The Army under Buhari is simply acting up. How come it’s now that the other girl was rescued that they suddenly came up with story of a phoney rescue? It’s just an attempt to cleans themselves of shame of lack of gallant soldiery.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Dr Pogu Bitrus a known PDP member should desist from using Chibok girls for his political end. He should understand that Nigerians knows how he mobilize chibok people to vote for Jonathan during last election despite the known failure of the later to help the chibok people. He should also desist from using his position as head of the most betrayed people for his selfish end. The school had students from outside chibok so he cannot be speaking for everybody. Instead of focusing on politics of who is discovered I expect Pogu to focus on the remaining girls.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The propaganda is getting senseless,the Nigerian Army need to understand that Nigerians are not a country of morons. They should reunite the girl with her family but they are refusing to do so as well. The principal of Chibok can identify her students but the army will not get her to that as well.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Every Nigerian kidnapped by Terrorists has the same value as the one before, or after. The Chibok children have had more publicity, that’s all. Remember the tortured, dead, and displaced. The suffering cannot be calculated.

    • Otile

      The difference is that the present Islamic Boko Haram is self-inflicted, but yet Buhari treats the terrorists like heroes, borrows plenty of money to appease them. Why don’t we see their pictures?

      • Omotolaaraujo

        It started before Buhari became the President. What did Jona do? Nothing! I don’t know what is done with the captured Terrorists. We’ve never seen most of them. You are making this up. You have no knowledge that what you said is true.

    • Kay

      But Jonathan was nurturing Boko Haram by diverting public money meant to fight them into his personal accounts and that of his aides. Who deserves to be hung by public? Jonathan!

      • Daniel

        Insanity !You need to take a nap.

  • Otile

    According to BBC, the Nigerian army says it has freed 97 women and girls from Boko Haram,
    including one of the more than 200 girls abducted from Chibok school. However, Chibok campaigners say that while the girl in question was a pupil at the school, she was actually kidnapped from her home elsewhere. This comes days after the first of the Chibok girls was freed. The Islamist militant group has seized thousands of women and girls in northern Nigeria, rights groups say.

    But it was the abduction of the girls from Chibok that gained international attention through the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which was supported by US First Lady Michelle Obama and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

    The army has made several mistakes in its statements about the Chibok girls – in its initial statement after the first girl was found on Wednesday, it used the wrong name. It has claimed to have freed more than 100 of them before later backtracking.

    • Daniel

      Buhari has no report card for May 29th. He is rummaging his office cupboard for one. I will not be surprised, if he travels that day.

    • Sharp Sharp

      So true

  • Daniel

    Those lunatics have messed her up. Is the army her parents? Is this the APC report card for 29th May?

    We cannot be fooled by propaganda. The economy is in comatose just in 12 months of an administration that lacks clear vision on what to do.

    All they do is lament the past administration’s downside.

    You now have the cutlass and the yam, so…