No fewer than 63 out of the 68 women, abducted two weeks ago
from three villages around Sambisa forest in Borno State by Boko Haram gunmen have escaped.
The women have reunited with their families after they made it back to their homes, witnesses and security officials have said.
Villagers within the hinterlands of Damboa local government area, where the abduction was carried out revealed this to newsmen yesterday in Maiduguri, the state capital.
“I have just received an alert from my colleagues in Damboa area that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home. They took the bold step when their abductors moved out to carry out an operation,” an official of the Vigilante group, who did not want his name mentioned in print for security reason, said.
“We don’t have the details of their escape yet, but we believe God gave them the opportunity at the time the insurgents came in their large numbers to attack Damboa where about 12 soldiers including the Commanding Officer, six policemen, including the DPO, over 50 Boko Haram members and unspecified number of civilians were killed yesterday (Saturday)
“If the information I have is something to go by, we still have five women and girls, among them a nursing mother that are missing for now,” he said.
A top security officer, who preferred not to be named told journalists that half of the women who escaped made it to their homes, while others who were found wandering in the bushes near Adamawa State are now in the custody of soldiers in Gulak town, the Headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area.