The Abducted Chibok Girls Parents group has denied the Nigerian Army’s report that the second rescued girl, Serah Luka, was among the 219 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.
The Nigerian army claimed on Thursday, in a statement that its troops had rescued 97 women, adding that one of those rescued was Serah Luka, one of the missing school girls.
The military statement said, “In addition, they rescued 97 women and children held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists. We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government Secondary Schoolgirls that were abducted on April 14, 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“Her name is Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted school girls. She is believed to be the daughter of Pastor Luka. During debriefing, the girl revealed that she was an SS1 student of the school at the time they were abducted. She further added that she hails from Madagali, Adamawa State.”
The head of the Abducted Chibok Girls Parents group, Yakubu Nkeki, however debunked the military’s claim and told AFP that the military had not contacted them beforehand to establish Luka’s identity.
Nkeki said that although there were two girls with the surname Luka on the list, neither of them were Serah adding that the military claimed Serah was a pastor’s daughter, but there were only four priests on the list of parents and none was called Luka.
“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,” he told AFP.
Nkeki further said that Luka’s stated hometown of Madagali also raised questions.
“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.”