First missing Chibok girl found after 2 years as Boko Haram prisoner

Updated 7:50 PM EDT, Wed May 18, 2016
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Girl was found on edge of Sambisa Forest, Boko Haram's suspected stronghold

276 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their boarding school by Boko Haram in 2014

(CNN) —  

When Amina Ali Nkeki was kidnapped by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram more than two years ago, she was a mere schoolgirl.

On Tuesday night, she apparently wandered out of a forest, asking for help, accompanied by a baby and a man who claimed to be her husband, according to witnesses.

The man is being investigated by Nigeria’s joint intelligence center, according to a military statement.

Amina Ali is the first of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram to be freed after the two years in captivity, Nigerian military officials say.

Military officials and locals gave different accounts of how she was liberated. Nigeria’s army said she was rescued by army troops, but a witness told CNN the girl wandered out of the Sambisa Forest in the northeast of the country along with her child and a man.

The Sambisa Forest, believed to be the terrorist group’s stronghold, has long been the suspected location of the girls. As many as 276 of them were kidnapped at gunpoint from their boarding school in Chibok in Borno, northeast Nigeria, on April 14, 2014.

At least 57 girls were able to escape soon after their abduction, but more than 200 of them remain missing.

Witness: She wandered out

The witness, Aboku Gaji, told CNN he was participating in a nightly patrol on the edge of the Sambisa Forest with the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group set up to help fight Boko Haram, when the girl and some companions wandered out around 7 p.m.

He said her name was Amina Ali Nkeki, and he recognized her as one of the missing schoolgirls, although she looked different and was in poor physical condition, as were the baby and man with her.

“Their bodies didn’t look good,” Gaji said. “They had had no bath and were in a dirty condition.”

The young woman was part of a group asking for help, including a man who identified himself as her husband and the father of her baby, Gaji said.

Amina Ali, was found Wednesday with a baby and Mohammed Hayatu, who said he was her husband.
Nigerian Army
Amina Ali, was found Wednesday with a baby and Mohammed Hayatu, who said he was her husband.

The man said he had been kidnapped by Boko Haram from the town of Mubi, taken to Sambisa Forest and married to Nkeki.

Gaji and his commander took the girl to her house, in the settlement of Mbalala, where she was reunited with her mother, Binta Ali, Gaji said.

Army: We rescued her

The Nigerian government and army disputed the account, saying she was rescued by government troops that were working with the civilian force. Operations to find the missing girls have intensified recently with a deep push into Sambisa Forest, a military spokesman told CNN’s Nima Elbagir.

“Troops of 25 Brigade Damboa in conjunction with Civilian JTF deployed in one of the blocking positions at Baale, near Damboa rescued one Miss Amina Ali and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband,” according to a military statement.

She was nursing a 4-month-old girl the military said was named Safiya.

Manasseh Allan, a Chibok youth leader who also confirmed the girl’s rescue, said she was brought in clutching the baby she gave birth to in the hands of Boko Haram militants.

The army said Hayatu is being treated well and in line with the “rules of engagement regarding insurgents who voluntarily surrender to the military.”

Chibok schoolgirl Amina Ali and her baby with Borno State Gov.  Kashim Shetima on Wednesday evening.
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Chibok schoolgirl Amina Ali and her baby with Borno State Gov. Kashim Shetima on Wednesday evening.

After an exam by air force medics the girl and her baby were handed over to the governor of Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, officials said.

She may be taken to Abuja on Thursday with her parents to meet the President, according to an army statement.

A distant relative of the Amina Ali, Yakubu Nkeki, said his wife had spoken to the mother of the young woman and confirmed that they had been reunited.

“It’s a joyful time for me,” said Nkeki, who is the father of another of the abducted girls. He said the rescued girl would be taken to the state capital, Maiduguri, on Thursday.

The military confirmed in a statement that “the suspected Boko Haram terrorist and the nursing mother have been taken to Maiduguri for further medical attention and screening.”

’Bring back our girls’

The girls’ kidnapping sparked global outrage, with Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and a slew of other high-profile figures lending their weight to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.