Major General Christopher Musa, Theatre Commander Joint Taskforce Northeast ‘Operation HADIN KAI,’ handed over two freed Chibok girls who had been held captive by Boko Haram for the past nine years on Tuesday.
After escaping from a Boko Haram camp, Hauwa Dauda and Mary Joseph were rescued by military personnel from Operation.
According to the list of the nearly 200 missing Chibok girls who were taken at Government Secondary School in Chibok town, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, Hauwa Joseph is serial number 18, while Mary Dauda is serial number 46.
Both ladies, now in their late twenties, have sons. Unfortunately, once the military murdered their first spouses, they were wedded to another terrorist.
Major General Musa, the Theatre Commander, told journalists at Headquarters Theatre Command Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri.
” I am delighted to inform you some of the major achievements recorded by troops in the Theatre.
“Apart from rescuing these two Chibok girls with their children, we have also decimated dozens of terrorists who have been hiding in the Sambisa forest, especially the Timbuktu Triangle during our fighting patrols.
“As the rainy season set in and alot of farmers are willing to go to their farms, we will work tirelessly to provide safety of our farmers in their farming activities, but we want to appeal that the farmers should be wary of some planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by terrorists in some areas, even though, the military is doing everything possible to clear most of the places suspected to have unexploded IEDs planted by terrorists in the region.
“I want to also appeal to the State Government and other philantrophic organisations to assist farmers with agricultural inputs or farming tools to boost the morale of the teaming farmers who have since relocated to their liberated communities.”
Speaking on how the Chibok girls were rescued, Major General Waidi Shaibu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division, stated that Hauwa Joseph was rescued with her child on June 12, 2022 in Bama local government area, while Mary Dauda was rescued with her child on June 14, 2022 during troops’ fighting patrol in the Division Area of Responsibility.
General Shaibu stated that all of the females and their children had already had adequate medical examinations and care before being handed over to the government, which would then reunite them with their parents.