The 293 women who were rescued earlier this week by the military special forces who raided the infamous sambisa forest, have been taken to the University of Maiduguri teaching hospital for medical tests and treatment, the military has said.
They are all been tested for HIV and Pregnancy. Also, seven of the rescued had gunshot wounds and are also being managed for that. So far, it is known that 200 were aged between 13 and 18, the age brackets of the Chibok schoolgirls, although there is yet no confirmation if they really are.
The Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris. Olukolade has said, “We will talk about it when we are through; we are busy moving them off the line of duty for a thorough screening.
“The military would do everything to take care of them and make them feel not traumatised.
“This is a sensitive matter that has to be handled with serious caution. You cannot say before the commencement of the investigation that they are the Chibok
girls or not.
“Another thing is that you cannot start asking them if they are from Chibok because of the harrowing experiences or
trauma they have gone through.
“Clearly, it would be too early for anybody to say that Chibok girls are among them or not; they are under custody; they went through trauma and we want to them to
have some relief. Those with medical requirements are being treated.
“But the military is very careful. There is the need to ascertain their true identities.
“There would be individual interrogation of each of those rescued, to ascertain their link with the sect.”
However, the Borno state government has said that the rescued girls are from Bumsiri village and not Chibok.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Bulama, has said, “The girls and women rescued are our daughters just like the Chibok
girls. We have to commend the military for liberating them, hoping that the rest will equally be liberated.
“Though everyone had thought they were the Chibok girls, but we should not lose sight that they are as important as the Chibok girls.
“At the moment, we are looking forward to the time the 293 women/girls would be handed over to us so that we can begin the process of rehabilitating and reintegrating them into the society.”