Second Rescued Girl May Not Be One of the Chibok Schoolgirls After all

Charles Ayitey May 24, 2016

There has been a twist of events with abducted Nigerian girl who last week was reported as the second to have been ‘rescued’ by Nigerian forces following her escape from Boko Haram militants.

Members of the Chibok Parents Group – parents whose daughters were kidnapped by Boko Haram- have revealed to AFP that Serah Luka was not part of the list of 218 female high school students abducted by the Islamist group in 2014.

These claims remain contrary to statements made by the spokesperson of Nigeria’s army Col Usman Sani Kukasheka who had confirmed that Serah Luka was the second of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls to be rescued by the army. Meanwhile, leader of the Chibok Parent Group,

Meanwhile, leader of the Chibok Parent Group, Yakubu Nkeki insists that Serah Luka was never part of the list of abducted girls.

These are Kauna Luka Yana and Naomi Luka Dzakwa. Among the list of parents, we have only four priests and none of them is Luka. Among the girls, none of them is from Madagali. They were either from Chibok, Damboa, Askira and Uba [all in Borno state]. So I can say … that this girl is not among the abducted Chibok girls. We were never contacted by the military for verification of the girl’s identity before the announcement was made,” Yakubu revealed to in an interview with

On May 18, Face2face Africa reported the rescue of the first Chibok abductee, Amina Ali Darsha.

According to reports from Nigeria, Nkeki indicated that the rescued girl was currently with the Nigerian military, although the military has yet to make a statement regarding the matter.

The April 2014 abduction evoked disgust and criticism from all quarters, with influential personalities such as the US First Lady Michelle Obama condemning the act, saying she and her husband, President Obama, were “outraged and heartbroken” by the abduction.


Last Edited by:Sandra Appiah Updated: September 15, 2018


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