By Kabiru R. Anwar and Turaki A. HassanOne of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls apparently abandoned by her captors and found by villagers on Wednesday is four months pregnant, Daily Trust learnt yesterday.
The girl of about 20 was found after she was dumped at an unidentified location from where she trekked for three days to a village near Mararaban Mubi, in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State, according to a police source.
Villagers took her to a police station at Mararaban Mubi, where she told officers that she was among the over 200 girls abducted from Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, on April 14.
From there she was moved to the state capital, and first received treatment at the Police Clinic in Yola before she was moved elsewhere, police sources told Daily Trust.
Leader of the Chibok Elders Forum, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, told Daily Trust in Abuja that preliminary medical examination has revealed the girl is four months pregnant.
A police officer working at the Mararaban Mubi station said when the girl was brought in, she was asked questions and she narrated to the police her experience in Boko Haram captivity.
He said the girl gave her name as Suzanna Ishaya, but Daily Trust could not find this name among the 180 names of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls released by a Christian cleric on May 3, nearly three weeks after the abduction. But there is ‘Suzana Yakubu’ on that list.
Also, photos and names of the schoolgirls published mid-June do not contain the name ‘Suzana Ishaya.’
Daily Trust learnt that the abandoned girl told the Mararaban Mubi police the schoolgirls were held at the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, where each of them live in a separate hut with one of the militants.
The girls do not get see each other, and so none of them was sure about the condition of their colleagues, she said.
She also said they suffered abuse in the hands of their captors. The girl told the police she missed her menstrual period four months ago, meaning she is likely to be pregnant for as many months.
Five days ago, the girl said, she was asked to enter a Starlet car along with three other abducted girls. They were then driven to an unknown location where she alone was dumped and told that she was free to go. The other girls were driven away.
It was from there that she trekked for three days until she reached that village near Mararaban Mubi.
The police authorities in Abuja yesterday confirmed that one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls had resurfaced in Adamawa State on Wednesday.
Spokesman for the Police Force Headquarters, Mr Emmanuel Ojokwu, told journalists in Abuja that the girl is now receiving medical attention.
Ojukwu, who was responding to questions at the National Information Centre, said the girl, 20, was abandoned at Mararaban Mubi by suspected Boko Haram members.
“Yes, I can confirm that on September 24, at about 5 pm, one young girl, about 20, among those abducted by the bad elements was dropped at Mararaban Mubi by suspected terrorists,” he said.
“She has been picked by the police and is undergoing treatment right now. Her condition is stable so far and she is getting the best medical attention available.”
When asked if there was any proof that the girl was one of the Chibok girls, Ojukwu said available information showed that “she is one of them.” He, however, declined to reveal her name on the ground of security.
Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, leader of the Chibok Elders Forum, Dr. Bitrus, said the girl was abandoned around the headquarters of the Ekilisiyar ‘Yanuwa a Nigeria (EYC) church in Mubi, Adamawa State.
He said she is now being treated at a clinic in Adamawa State and that preliminary examination has revealed that she is four months pregnant.
He said the released girl was incoherent as a result of an apparent mental illness which makes it difficult to establish her full identity.
Bitrus said the man she said was her father, a carpenter of Chadian origin residing in Chibok, has said she is not his daughter.
He lamented that the traumatic condition the girl was found in is an indication of the condition of the others still in captivity.
“We have asked that her picture be emailed to us to enable us compare with the records we have in order to know her true identity,” he said.
Chairman of Chibok Community in Abuja, Tsambido Hosea Abana, who spoke to Daily Trust by telephone yesterday, also said the girl was among the abducted Chibok female students.
He said she is suffering from trauma and there are signs of physical abuse on her, saying he believed the insurgents subjected their captives to horrible physical and sexual abuse.
“Suzana is actually one of our daughters abducted from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok. She was found where her abductors dumped her and was later taken to Yola. The girl is four months pregnant,” he said.
“Evidently the girl was subjected to serious abuse. There are bruises on her body while she is suffering from psychological trauma.”
He urged the Federal Government to step up efforts towards freeing the girls who are still in captivity, as well as bringing the abductors to face justice.
In Yola, the Adamawa Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Michael Haa, declined comment when contacted yesterday, saying the military is in charge of security in the state.
Army spokesman in Yola, Captain Jafaru Nuhu, could not be reached by telephone. allAfrica