The Army said yesterday that Maryam and her 10-month old baby were rescued early in the day during an operation against Boko Haram insurgents at Pulka village in Gwoza Local Government area of Borno State.
•Nurses 10-month old baby
Another of the missing Chibok schoolgirl is out of Boko Haram dungeon.
Maryam Ali Maiyanga walked into freedom yesterday; 24 days after 21 of those she was abducted with over two years ago by the terror sect were released from captivity.
She informed the soldiers that she had the baby boy, named Ali, for a Boko Haram terrorist.
She and the baby were subsequently taken to a military facility for medical attention.
Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman who broke the news said: “Troops of 121 Battalion, Nigerian Army, deployed at Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State, for Operation LAFIYA DOLE today,(yesterday 5th November 2016), at about 6.00am, while screening some escapees from Boko Haram terrorists hideout in Sambisa forest, discovered one of the abducted Government Secondary School Chibok girls, named Maryam Ali Maiyanga among them.
“She was discovered to be carrying a 10-month-old son, named Ali. She has been taken to the unit’s medical facility for proper medical checkup.
“It is imperative to state that troops have been working round the clock to clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hibernating and also rescue all persons held hostages by terrorists.”
More than 270 schoolgirls were seized from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State in April 2014 by the sect, sparking international outrage.
A few of them managed to escape while they were being taken away.
Twenty-one of the girls were released on last month after intricate negotiations with the terror sect.
The federal government promised that negotiations have commenced for the release of more of the girls although about 100 of them are said to have waived the option of returning home, preferring to remain married to terrorists.
Maryam and her baby were later in the day handed over to the state government by the commander of the Lafiya Dole counterinsurgency operation in Borno State, Major General Lucky Irabor.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice received the girl on behalf of Governor Kashim Shettima, who had travelled out of the state for an official function in Abuja.
The Attorney General expressed the appreciation of the governor, whom he said had sent in commendation to the military for doing the country, the state and the people of Chibok proud.
He added that due to the lack of flights in and out of Maiduguri on Saturdays, the girl would remain in the custody of the state government, pending the next available flight to Abuja.