Sunday 14 May 2017

Chibok girl holding AK-47 rifle in Boko Haram video identified

The Chibok girl who held an AK-47 rifle in Boko Haram’s latest video, has been identified as Maida Yakubu.

In the clip, a male voice could be heard asking why she and others have refused to return home.

The Co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), Aisha Yesufu, confirmed this to members of the group during a meeting in Abuja on Saturday. She said her mother, Esther Yakubu, identified her.

Yesufu said: “The girl told us how much they had suffered and that they wanted to come back home; and this time, she is saying she does not want to come back home and she wants her parents to join her. We felt it was necessary to pay a visit of encouragement to the parents and we are just coming from Esther Yakubu’s house.

“It is not easy but she is quite strong. For the family, it is really sad and it is not the kind of thing you wish for your enemy but they are strong. She did say that the voice was her daughter’s voice even though she could only see her eyes because the girls were wearing niqab and their eyes were swollen as if they had cried.

“So, we stand with them and we will not stop this fight.

“We also encourage her not to give up because her daughter will need her when she gets out and by the grace of God, her daughter will come out.”

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