One of the 80 girls who have been lucky enough to escape from the hands of their Boko Haram kidnappers has reported that a total of 243 girls were abducted.
She was certain of the number as their abductors made them count themselves.
According to the father of the girl, Malam Ali Iliya, the girl said when the lorry got stuck, some of the girls jumped out and ran for their lives.
“They were scattered in the bush when the vigilante and local hunters found them. Some of them were wounded, some were with fracture, which I believe was as a result of jumping from the high vehicle, but we are happy that our children have been rescued.
“Now we are praying for those who are still with the Boko Haram; our prayer is that every father will have his child back”, he said.
He added that his daughter, Hajara, was sound and healthy but weak stressing that “our children told us that when they started running, the insurgents didn’t shoot them.
“They allowed those who could run to go but those who could not run either as a result of fear or wound are still with them in the bush. My daughter said the abductors were over one hundred and that the girls were 243; she said the insurgents asked them to count themselves”.
The 80 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, were reportedly rescued on Tuesday and Wednesday morning by a group of vigilante, local hunters and soldiers.
The joint security team pursued the insurgents in search of about 100 girls they abducted.
It was gathered that the insurgents, who were carrying the school girls in Lories, got stuck in the forest somewhere between between Chibok and Askira/Uba.