By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The Bring Back Our Girls movement has confirmed the identity of a Chibok School girl, Maryam Ali Maiyanga who was found in Pulka by Nigerian troops at the weekend.
In a statement issued Saturday in Abuja and signed by its spokesperson, Sesugh Akume, BBOG identified Maryam as Umber 198 on its list.
“We welcome news of the return of another of our abducted #ChibokGirls. Reports from the Acting Director of the Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman Kukasheka, state that Maryam Ali Maiyanga was found amongst a group of fellow escapees by troops of 121 Battalion, Nigerian Army, deployed at Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State.
“Preliminary investigations on our part, show that Maryam Ali (Number 198 on our list), a school prefect, is from Askira Uba and was abducted along with her twin, Halima Ali (Number 197), who is yet to return. We shall update the public with more details as necessary.
“We applaud the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and other security formations working day and night to rout the terrorists and rescue all Nigerians in captivity.
“The news of the death of the Commanding Officer of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Abu Ali, a highly-rated, young officer and 4 other members of his team, in a separate incident at Mallam Fatori, is unfortunate and saddening. We send our heartfelt condolences especially to their families, and the Nigerian military”, the group stated.