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Second Chibok schoolgirl rescued: Nigerian army

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ABUJA — A second girl who was among more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in an attack on their school in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok over two years back has been rescued, a spokesperson for the Nigerian army said on Thursday.

An emailed statement carried by PR Nigeria, an official government agency which releases information, said army spokesman Sani Usman had “confirmed the rescue of another Chibok girl this evening”, adding that more details would be provided later.

The first of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Chibok over two yearsbefore was found and met with her mom yesterday, raising hopes for those still being held.

Amina Ali Nkeki, 19, with a baby daughter, was found on Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state, and was brought back to her home town of Mbalala, near Chibok.

She was flown to the Nigerian capital to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, who has promised her education will continue.

He said nobody in Nigeria should be put through the brutality of forced marriage, and that every girl has a right to education and their choice of life.

Mr Buhari, a former military ruler, cradled Ms Nkeki’s baby in his arms during the meeting in the presidential villa before posing for a group photograph.

Accompanied by her mother, Binta, and Nigeria’s defence minister and national security adviser, Ms Nkeki spent more than an hour with the President, who made crushing Boko Haram a pillar of his 2015 presidential election campaign.

Earlier on Thursday the Governor of Borno state, where Chibok is located, said the army was drawing up plans and moving into a Boko Haram forest stronghold in a bid to rescue the remaining girls.

A video showing 15 of the 219 schoolgirls held by the jihadist group in April added pressure on the Nigerian Government to secure their release after activists accused authorities of mishandling the case in the two years since their mass kidnap.

Community leaders said Ms Nkeki told her relatives that most of the girls were still in the Sambisa Forest area, but six had died.

More than 15,000 people have been killed and 2 million displaced in Nigeria and neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon during Boko Haram’s insurgency.

Reuters

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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