Over 60 Women, Girls Escape Boko Haram Den In Borno

More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday.

Local vigilante Abbas Gava said he had “received an alert from my colleagues … that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home” late Friday.

A high-level security source in the RBorno state capital Maiduguri, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, confirmed the escape.

Gava, a senior official of the local vigilantes in Borno State who are working closely with security officials, told journalists the women escaped when their captors went out to fight.

“They took the bold step when their abductors moved out to carry out an operation,” he said.

Clashes took place between the Islamists and the army late Friday after an attack by the insurgents in the town of Damboa, where more than 50 of them were killed, the army had said.

Spokesmen for the armed forces or the government could not be reached Sunday for comment.

Activists of the Bring Back Our Girls movement meanwhile tried to march on the presidential palace in Abuja Sunday in another reminder of the fate of more than 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, but were asked by security forces to turn back.

“It’s 83 days today that the girls have been abducted,” activist Aisha Yesufu told the press.

“We have been coming out for 68 days and nobody has really listened to us,” Yesufu told reporters after the march.

That is why the group “decided that we should just take the protest back to the President so that he will know that we are still out there after the 68 days that we have been coming out daily”.

Security experts say the overstretched and under-resourced military is incapable of fighting an effective counter-insurgency against the Boko Haram militants, who have killed thousands in their five-year campaign for an independent Islamic state in the north. [AFP]


  1. Sometimes i want to doubt if d picture is real d way its being painted. more than 50 women to escape frm sambisa forest? where did they pass from? how come no soldier noticed dem on transit til they all got to town? where av u heard dat a camp was completly deserted by d captors just bcos dey ar going 4 another fght? 2 many questions to ask. we also pray one day all d bh men wil go to sleep n all d girls wil escape. meanwhile d army should scrutinise these so called escapees. wh kws if they ar already infected wit d bh blood sucking bog. they could be spies. i did nt say itooooo!

  2. Hahahaha! we keep hearing funny stories daily about this dreaded sects when will all this drama end? So the girls walked through the bush part of sambisa forest n no boko or soldier sight them till they got to town hmmm! I smell lies! A soldier was killed days back n busees were set ablaze for that but thousands of soldiers has been killed by this boko haram sects but none is bold enough to dare sambisa forest fo revenge to end this saga.


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