by Oluwatosin Fatoyinbo
After the hoax caused by the Nigerian Military on Tuesday with news of the return of some of the abucted Chibok girls, one of the girls has been confirmed found.
The girl named Susan, was found by the police in the early hours of wednesday in Mubi, Adamawa State, two days after she was thrown off a truck by her captors, THISDAY gathered.
A senior police officer in Mubi confirmed that the girl was dropped off near the Divisional Police Headquarters in Mubi by locals who discovered her after she was thrown off a truck that was being used by insurgents to escape from Nigerian troops.
He said when the girl was found, she was incoherent, and had scars and injuries all over her body because she had been battered by her assailants, and left by the road by locals near the police station.
“She had old and fresh wounds and her legs were swollen, may be because she trekked a long distance, and you could see marks on her body where she was mercilessly beaten by her abductors, I believe,” the senior police officer volunteered.
Another person, who identified himself as Mallam Musa, said that the police yesterday morning found a young girl stranded on the road, near the police station.
He said the girl had fresh and old wounds on her body, adding that she had obviously been beaten and maltreated. He said the young girl might have walked from Sambisa Forest, the enclave of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, which transverses Adamawa and Borno States.
However, Former education minister and a strong voice for the Bringbackourgirls campaign, Mrs Obi Ezekwesili confirmed the return via her twitter account.
Tweeting from her twitter handle @obyezeks at 11.17 pm, Ezekwesili announced the news of Susan’s rescue.
She wrote: “After the emotional upheaval of yesterday’s (Tuesday) dashed hopes, today came with the factual return of one of our 219 #ChibokGirls. She’s in trauma.
“One #ChibokGirl, miraculously found in a bush by locals and returned today, is confirmed by Chibok parents with her in Yola. Incredible!
“It is hard to comprehend the return of Susan who is yet incoherent. The locals that found her took her to Mubi Police and now moved to Yola.
“The eternal optimist that I am makes me see the return of Susan as a good sign for the rest of our 219 Chibok daughters. They shall return!!
“One hopes that our security/military would approach Susan’s return in a way that helps us learn more in the next couple of days.”
Giving more insight into Susan’s discovery, another member of the BBOG group, Ms. Hadiza Usman, informed THISDAY that the young girl was traumatised and incoherent when she was found by the police in Mubi.
She revealed that one of the Chibok parents travelled to Mubi and identified her, adding, “She has been moved from the Mubi police station to the Yola Police Command, following which she would be taken to the hospital this morning.”
She said the authorities tried to stabilise her so she could be debriefed, expressing hope that Susan’s release would give the security agencies some insight as to where other Chibok students who were kidnapped with her are held captive.