Two parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls have disclosed that they are doubtful about the identity of a second girl, Serah Luka, who was reportedly rescued by Nigerian troops.
Rescued schoolgirl, Serah Luka
One of the of parents of the abducted Chibok girls, Lawan Hannah who is the secretary of the Parents Association of the Abducted Girls from Chibok, say they are doubtful about the identity of a second girl, Serah Luka, reportedly rescued by Nigerian troops, saying the army ought to have brought the rescued girl to Chibok for identification before releasing her name and photograph to the public.
According to Haruna Mutali, a community leader in Chibok, their background checks have revealed that this second returnee, Miss Serah Luka, was an SSS 1 learner at GSS Chibok, who was abducted by the insurgents in her home in Madagali.
A community leader, Pogu Bitrus, told the Associated Press (AFP) on Friday that Ms. Luka was not on the list of 218 students still missing from the mass abduction, adding that the number 157 on the list was not Serah Luka, and suggested that the rescued girl may have been visiting older sisters at the school the night of the kidnapping, according to the news agency.
Also, Yakubu Nkeki, the head of the Chibok Abducted Girls Parents group, told the AFP that his records showed only two girls with the surname Luka. "These are Kauna Luka Yana and Naomi Luka Dzakwa. Among the list of parents we have only four priests and none of them is Luka.
"Among the girls none of them is from Madagali (in Adamawa State). They were either from Chibok, Damboa, Askira and Uba (all in Borno state). So I can say… that this girl is not among the abducted Chibok girls," he was quoted as saying.
"We appeal to the humanity in us to stay positively focused on emerging developments. We wish to advice caution in disseminating information too promptly, as we appeal that we respect the human dignity of our returnees and their loved ones, as we engage on this topic.
"We commend the gallant Nigerian army, the Civilian JTF, and the other security forces. We are strongly with you, as through great sacrifice you annihilate the insurgents, return our compatriots, reclaim our territories, and restore peace and normality especially in northeast Nigeria," a statement obtained by SaharaReporters read
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