Boko Haram Frees 82 Chibok Girls

file: Some of the first batch 21 Chibok girls released in 2016
file: Some of the first batch 21 Chibok girls released in 2016

The Boko Haram terrorist group on Saturday released 82 more of the kidnapped Chibok school girls, the has reliably gathered.

Reliable military sources said that the freed girls were accompanied on Saturday by officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, to Banki, a town in Borno State that shares a common border with Cameroun.

Details of the release are still sketchy as at the time of this report as communication in Banki is highly regulated.

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However, a soldier that is part of the team that received the girls confirmed to through a WhatsApp chat that the girls were brought to the military camp in Banki by Red cross officials around 5.00 pm today.

He said that preparations were already under way to transport the girls to Abuja, the Nigerian capital on Sunday.

Online newspaper Premium Times quoted Kaduna State Senator, Shehu Sani as saying that he was aware that negotiations between the federal government and the Islamic sect had reached 85% as at Friday night.

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This recent development followed the release of the first batch of 21 girls in 2016 after negotiations brokered by the ICRC and the Swizz government.

Terms of the agreement that led to the release of the initial 21 as well as the current 82 girls have remained secret.

It was three years on April 14 since more than 200 school girls were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok on April 14, 2014.

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The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government had vowed to rescue the girls, saying that the war on insurgency would not have been won if the girls and hundreds of other abductees of the Boko Haram terrorists were not released.