121 Abducted School Girls Freed, Military Intensifies Search For 8 Others

Director of Defence Information, Army Hqrts


By Ibrahim Imam, Kaduna.

The Nigerian military has said that 121 out of the 129 abducted students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, have been freed.

Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said Wednesday evening that search and rescue operation to free the abducted students led to the rescue of 121 students some of whom he said have re-united with their family while others returned back to school.

However, Olukolade said there are 8 others that are still with the insurgents even as he vowed that the military would do everything possible to ensure the regain freedom alive.

The Defence spokesperson said the Principal of the School had confirmed that only 8 of the students are still missing.

He said one of the terrorists involved with the abduction of the school girls was also captured, adding that the suspect who is being detained at an undisclosed location is helping with information.

Military source told Newsinvestigators that the operation to rescue the girls was being carried out with high level professionalism.

“The troop was following them closely on the ground and from the air and could have easily taken them out ( Boko Haram insurgents) through Arial attack but for the girls who are already scattered in the bush.  Some of them had escaped from the trucks the insurgents were conveying them with when some of the trucks had problem,” the source added.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has convened an emergence meeting with the security chiefs in the light of the renewed onslaughts of the Boko Haram insurgents in Abuja and northeast states.