Kidnapped Nigerian girls freed from Boko Haram

Chiboko girls

Chiboko girls

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian government has secured the release of 82 more girls abducted by the Boko Haram northeast of the country in 2014.
The release follows negotiations with the terror group, which would see the release of some militants suspects held by authorities.
Security agencies, the military, the Government of Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross and local and international non-governmental organisations were part of the negotiations.
“After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities,” said Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“President Muhammadu Buhari expresses his deep gratitude to all who played a part in ensuring the success of this operation.”
The girls are among more than 200 the Islamic militant sect abducted at the Chibok government school in the Borno State at the height of the militancy.
In October 2016, 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls were freed by fter negotiations between the terror group and the Nigerian government.
Red Cross and the Swiss government brokered the deal.
The released Chibok girls were due to arrive in Abuja on Sunday (yesterday).
Shehu said government had  repeatedly expressed total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls, and all other Boko Haram captives.

– CAJ News

 

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