The Nigerian military is insisting that it is yet to conclude the identification and profiling of the 293 women and girls rescued from Sambisa forest, just as it revealed that another 160 women and children were rescued Wednesday from the Boko Haram enclave where they were held captive in “severe and inhuman conditions”.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who spoke at a joint press conference with the spokespersons of the army, navy and air force, said what was uppermost for the military was the profiling of the freed hostages and to finish the job of liberating the entire Sambisa forest from the siege of Boko Haram terrorists.
“The true identity of some of the rescued women and girls are yet to be ascertained. At the moment, what is uppermost and of priority is their movement to a conducive place where they are now undergoing profiling to verify their true identity, where they come from, how they found themselves in the forest, and so on,” he said.
He confirmed that more hostages were still being rescued from the forest, adding that “until such comprehensive profiling is done, nobody can confirm whether they are among the Chibok girls or not”.
However, a female hostage and a soldier were killed during the rescue operation at Sambisa forest, the source said, adding that many of those kidnapped had undergone psychological trauma and indoctrination.
Olukolade at the briefing stressed that the military was more interested in releasing all the hostages no matter where they came from, including the Chibok girls.