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Nigerians are waiting with anxious breath on the identities of the rescued girls in Sambisa Forest by the Nigerian troops on Tuesday.

Many commentators are curious if the girls are the school girls abducted in Chibok over a year ago by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

Former Minister of Education and Leader of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign, Oby Ezekwesili, noted that “We are super anxious to hear the report of the interim evaluation of the 200 Girls and 93 women rescued by our military. Will be a long night”

Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh and President Jonathan
Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh and President Jonathan

Recall that in a daring and precise operation the Nigerian troops have stormed the Sambisa Forest and rescued about 300 women and girls.

It was  gathered that at least three major terrorists camps have been destroyed in the well-cordinated attacks that include the destruction of the notorious Tokumbere camp in the Sambisa Forest.

While confirming the operation the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said he could not confirm the identity of the freed victims and their origins and he could not state if any of them was from Chibok until after thorough screening and proper investigations.

He said: “I can only confirm the rescued this afternoon of 200 girls and 93 women in different camps in the forest. We are yet to determine their origin as all the freed persons are now being screened and profiled. Please don’t misquote me on their origin. We will provide more details later.”


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