By our correspondent
A twit by the Nigerian Army went viral on the social media, Tuesday evening cutting Nigerians in frenzied state about purported rescue of 293 Chibok school girls from the Sambisa forest in Borno State.
The BBC first flashed the Nigerian army’s twit on its webpage, claiming that the school girls, who were abducted on April 14, 2014 by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgent group, have been rescue.
The twitter handle had read: “The Nigerian army says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa forest”.
However, the army is yet to confirm if the Chibok girls are among those who were rescued during an operation towards capturing the Sambisa forest from Boko Haram.
In a statement issued by the Nigerian army and twitted on its twitter handle, the troops claimed to have rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa Forest.
“We cannot confirm if the Chibok girls are in this group,” the spokesman added.
Nigerian troops were also reported to have destroyed three camps of the militants.
Provide more details later
Director of Defense Information Major Gen. Chris Olukolade said he can only confirm the rescue of 200 girls and 93 women in different camps in the forest.
“We are yet to determine their origin, as all the freed persons are now being screened and profiled. Please don’t misquote me on their origin. We will provide more details later.”
Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls near the northern village of Chibok in April 2014.
Diplomats and intelligence officials said they believed at least some of the girls were being held in Sambisa forest which is around 100 km (60 miles) from Chibok.
Win back territory
Nigerian forces backed by warplanes invaded the vast former colonial game reserve late last week as part of a push to win back territory from the group.
However, the Convener Bring Back Our Girls campaign group, Dr Obi Ezekwesili said the news was good and pleasing.
“We are hopeful that the news is for real and we also hope that our Chibok girls would be rescued through this operation.
It was a great news at this particular time and we would be happy if our girls are among the rescued, which is the expectation of all Nigerians,” she said.