Nigeria: 7 years after kidnapping, one of Chibok's high school girls was released

Chibok girls freed by Boko Haram arrive at a rehabilitation center in Abuja on May 30, 2017. (Photo illustration) Sunday AGHAEZE / PGDBA & HND Mass Communication / AFP

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In Nigeria, one of the 270 young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, in Chibok, in 2014, was reunited with her family, seven years after being captured.

At the time, the attack on their college caused a wave of international outrage.

It is the governor of the State of Borno who announced, Saturday, August 7, the return of the young girl.


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According to the governor's statement, young Ruth Ngladar Pogu presented herself to the Nigerian army on July 28, accompanied by a man she identified as her husband.

His release had not been announced so far to give him time to contact his parents.

The authorities do not give much more details about this release but call on

the families of the girls still in captivity

 to remain hopeful.

After their kidnapping from a high school in

Chibok in April 2014

, around 80 young girls were

released in 2017

after mediation.

Since then, others have escaped or have been rescued but 113 of them are still in the hands of the jihadists, according to Amnesty International.

In a press release published last April, on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the kidnapping, the NGO deplored that no one had been arrested or prosecuted in this case, adding that " 

the absence of justice and of the obligation to accountability has since led to an escalation of attacks on schools in Nigeria 


In recent months, the country has indeed experienced several kidnappings of students, a tactic that is no longer the act of terrorist groups but also of bandits demanding ransoms.    


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