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Nigerian Military: Identity Of Rescued 293 Girls, Women Still Not Known

The Nigerian Military on Thursday said the true identity of the 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa Forest on Tuesday are still not known.

Speaking in Abuja, a major-general and Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, said that at the moment, what is upper most and of priority is the movement of the victims to a conducive place where they are now undergoing thorough profiling to verify their true identity, where they come from, how they found themselves in the forest and so on.

“Additional number of persons are still being recovered from the forest. Until such comprehensive profiling is done, nobody can confirm whether they are among the Chibok girls or not,” he said.

“Whoever they may be, the important thing is that Nigerians held captive under very severe and inhuman condition have been freed by our gallant troops. The joy and sense of hope being expressed by many Nigerians on hearing about the rescue operation is therefore understandable.

“We would like to reassure them that the momentum of this operation will be sustained until that Sambisa forest is comprehensively cleaned out and all Nigerians held captive within the bowels of the forest are rescued. There is great hope for the recovery of more hostage of the terrorists,” Olukolade said.

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