Chibok Schoolgirl Released After Seven Years in Boko Haram Captivity

One of the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Chibok seven years ago has been released and reunited with her family, a state governor said on Aug. 7.

Ruth Ngladar Pogu, who was among nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014, surrendered to the military on July 28, along with a man she said she had recently married while in captivity and their two children, Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum said.

According to Zulum, government officials had not announced her surrender earlier to use the time to identify her and contact her parents.

Pogu would undergo a government rehabilitation and reintegration program to receive medical and psychological care, Zulum said.

Zulum also said that Pogu’s return raised hopes that others still in captivity could be found.

Boko Haram originally kidnapped about 270 girls — most of whom were aged between 12 and 17 — in 2014, sparking the international #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Many of them have been released or were found by the military over the years.

However, Amnesty International said last April that over 100 girls remain missing.

Mass kidnappings of schoolchildren remain a problem in northern Nigeria as heavily armed criminal gangs continue to target schools and colleges to abduct students for ransom.

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