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Presidency Confirms Release Of Chibok Girls

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Photos of the girls being released: Courtesy CNN
Photos of the girls being released: Courtesy CNN

The Presidency has confirmed the release of 21 out of the over 200 girls abducted from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.

Presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement made available to journalists.

He said that the girls are in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, adding that the DSS Director-General, Lawal Daura, had already briefed President Muhammadu Buhari of the development before the President departed for Germany.

According to Shehu, “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.”

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He said the release of the 21 girls “is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and 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,” the statement added.

Shehu said the names of the released girls will be released “shortly.”

The release of the girls comes a day after 8 people were reportedly killed in a suicide bomb attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Muna, Borno State.

15 others were also injured in the attack that was reportedly carried out by a middle aged woman.

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