A nine-year-old girl who was among the 65 young girls rescued by the troops from Sambisa forest has pleaded to be returned to her Boko Haram husband in Sambisa. The girl intent on showing how serious she is about the incident, has embarked on a hunger strike.
She has refused to eat for the past three days insisting that she wants to go back and reunite with her Boko Haram husband in Sambisa.
It was discovered that about 12 other rescued girls were pregnant while others have already given birth.
The revelation was made yesterday by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state who visited the headquarters of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Maimalari Cantonment to officially receive the Boko Haram hostages by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Victor Ezegwu.
Vanguard reports that most of the rescued hostages comprising 27 children and over 30 young girls with few women including two Camerounians have been indoctrinated by the sect as many of them claimed they have been with the sect for the past three years, and were willing to go back to Sambisa to meet their husbands.
Briefing Governor Shettima at the Youth centre in Maimalari Cantonment, venue of the official handing over of the hostages to the Borno State Government, the GOC said, the ongoing Operation crackdown in Sambisa forest which commenced about a week ago was recording successes.
He said during the crackdown, over 300 persons held by the insurgents in Dikwa, Gamboru, Ngala, Kala Balge axis have been rescued and handed over to their families in Dikwa resettlement camp, while 300 cattle rustled by the sect have been returned to their real owners.
The governor thanked the army for coming to their rescue against Boko Haram insurgents. He thanked the security agencies for storming the heart of Sambisa Forest, which according to him will see to the end of the insurgents deadly activities in the north east.
He said, as government, he will do everything possible with the scarce resources at his disposal to support military in order to put an end the Boko Haram madness in the state.