Presidency confirms release of 21 Chibok girls

Presidency confirms release of 21 Chibok girls
October 13 11:51 2016

The Presidency has confirmed that 21 of the over 200 Chibok school girls have been freed by their Boko Haram captors.

The girls were abducted from Govermment Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state in April, 2014.

Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed the devlopment in a statement on Thursday.

Shehu said the freed girls were currently in the custody of the Department of State Services.

He confirmed that the Director-General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the development shortly before the President left for Germany.

According to Shehu, Daura wanted the girls, who were very tired, to rest before he would hand them over to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

He attributed the release of the 21 girls to negotiations between the government and the Boko Haram sect brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government.

“The release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The negotiations will continue.

“The President welcomes the release of the girls but cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism.

“Lawal wants the girls to have some rest, with all of them very tired coming out of the process before he hands them over to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

“The President takes off shortly on a trip to Germany for a state visit. The names of the released girls follows shortly,” he said.