“‘Pregnant’ Chibok schoolgirl now in military custody”

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

The Chairman, Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Abana, said on Friday that a girl, suspected to be one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls and abandoned by the Boko Haram terrorists in Adamawa, is in military custody.

Mr. Abana told PREMIUM TIMES that the girl, who identified herself as Suzanna Ishaya, is receiving medical attention in a police hospital in Yola, under the supervision of the Nigeria Army.

Mr. Abana said reports that the girl was already four-month pregnant is not an issue for the Chibok community, although stigmatisation might set in. He said the most important thing is that the girl was found alive.

“She’s in a police hospital in Yola, under the supervision of the army. Even the pregnancy issue, we don’t want to talk about it because of the stigmatisation. The most important thing is that she is alive,” Mr. Abana said.

Mr. Abana confirmed that the girl wandered in the forest for about three days before she was found in a village near Mubi, Adamawa State.

He said the girl identified herself as Suzanna Ishaya. He, however, could not verify the girl’s age.

When asked if any of the parents in Chibok have been able to identify Suzanna as theirs, Mr. Abana said the GSM network has been a challenge.

“No, we have been calling them but there’s no network completely at Chibok, so we can’t say that any parent have confirmed that the girl found (Suzanna), is their daughter,” he said.

He also said he was hopeful that in the next two or three days, he would be able to contact the parents for more information.

Over 250 girls were abducted from their dormitory in Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists group in April.

While about 50 of the girls have managed to escape from their abductors, others still remain in captivity.

It is not clear if the girl, Suzanna, escaped like the other girls or she was freed and abandoned by the group.


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