The soldiers of Operation Hadin Kai Theater Command have freed two additional girls who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 from Chibok Local Government Area in Borno State.
On April 21, 2023, soldiers at Lagara, a Boko Haram stronghold in Sambisa Forest, rescued Esther Marcus and Hauwa Malta, both 26 years old.
With their release, there are now 125 girls who are no longer in the terrorists’ custody, including 107 who were freed by the terrorists themselves in 2018 and three who were saved by the military in 2019, and two who were freed in 2021 and 2022.
Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Sallau Ali, who is in charge of Operation Hadin Kai Theater Command, told reporters, “94 are still unaccounted for,” on May 4 in Maiduguri as he paraded the rescued Esther and Hauwa before them just before turning them over to representatives of the Borno State Ministry for Women Affairs.
He went on to say that “Esther was rescued with her one-year-old baby girl,” adding, “While in captivity, she was first married to one Garba, alias Garus, a terrorist, who was later killed by troops; and she was remarried to another terrorist called Abba; she was with him until her rescue.”
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Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Sallau Ali, “Hauwa Malta was rescued with an eight months and ten days pregnancy; she delivered a baby boy at the Seven Div health facility 10 days after their rescue.”
The Theater Commander revealed that when held captive by Boko Haram, she first got married to a terrorist named Salman who was slain in a battle between soldiers and terrorists in Lake Chad, and then to a terrorist named Malam Mohammed who was killed in a battle between Boko Haram and ISWAP.
Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Sallau Ali declared that the members of the combined task force of the Theater Command will not stop working to free all the kidnapped girls.