- Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor has reacted to reports claiming that some abducted Chibok girls were recently rescued
- The Chief of Defence Staff said the Nigerian military does not have any of the Chibok girls in its custody
- Irabor, however, said the military would be glad if any of its operations against the insurgents have helped some of the girls escaped
Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has refuted the media reports claiming that some of the abducted Chibok girls were recently rescued.
The Nation reports that Irabor refuted the reports during a chat with journalists when he embarked on operational visit to Maiduguri, Borno state, on Sunday, January 31.
The Defence staff chief said Chibok girls were not in the military’s custody.
Irabor, however, noted that it is the desire of the Nigerian military to get the remaining Chibok girls rescued.
He added that the military would be glad if any of its operations have assisted some to escape.
Chibok girl allegedly escapes
Earlier, a report by Channels TV stated that one of the Chibok girls escaped from the den of Boko Haram.
The girl whose name was given as Halima reportedly called her father after escaping the kidnappers' den.
The development was confirmed on Friday, January 29, by the chairman of the group of Parents of the Abducted Chibok girls, Ali Nkeki.
On Facebook, Gogonte Obediah
"This CDS seems to be a honest man. He is not minded to thrive on propaganda like his predecessors!!!"
Agbor Victor said:
"May God heal this country. My heart goes out to all the victims of criminal activities in this country."
Peter Abioye said:
"That's Nigerian with their fake news"
Chibok community asks FG to rescue remaining 112 schoolgirls
Meanwhile, a community-based organisation in the Chibok local government area of Borno state has said 112 schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram group in 2014 have not been rescued.
The Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA) made the disclosure in a statement made available to journalists.
A spokesperson for the community, Allen Manasseh, asked the federal government to rescue the remaining Chibok girls the way Kankara and Dapchi students were rescued from their abductors.