Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum announced on Saturday that another Chibok girl had been rescued from captivity.
Ruth Ngladar Pogu, the rescued girl, was married to a Boko Haram fighter and had two children while in captivity, according to the Governor at the Government House in Maiduguri, where she was reunited with her mother.
Ruth and her repentant husband surrendered themselves to the Nigerian military on July 28 at a location in Bama, according to a statement signed by Zulum’s spokesperson Isa Gusau.
Security and government officials kept the development a secret under Zulum’s supervision while attempting to contact her parents and the association of parents of missing schoolgirls to determine her identity.
Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014.
The abduction sparked outrage around the world, prompting calls for the girls’ return from world leaders, including Michelle Obama, then-First Lady of the United States.
Although many of the students have regained their freedom, it is estimated that about 100 remain in captivity.
Zulum promised in April, seven years after the abduction, to safely recover the remaining girls.
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“As a father of all Borno sons and daughters, I haven’t given up hope that our remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other abducted persons will be returned safely,” the Governor said.
I am thankful to God.
Pogu was identified as one of the missing students during a brief ceremony held on Saturday by the Chairman of the Chibok Parents Association, Yakubu Nkeki.
Pogu’s mother, who was seeing her daughter for the first time in seven years, thanked God and the government for making her return possible.
Ruth, now a Muslim, appeared wearing a purple hijab and holding her two children, a boy and a girl.
The boy is about three years old, and his younger sister is probably less than a year old.
She didn’t say anything, and she didn’t reveal her new name.
Her husband is also from Chibok and was a commander until his surrender.
His older brother, he claimed, misled him and conscripted him into the militia.
“I am extremely excited both as Borno Governor and as a father to daughters,” Zulum said on Saturday, according to a statement signed by his spokesperson.
“I understand how families of those still held captive feel, but we must remain hopeful, especially in light of recent developments.”