Wednesday, August 23, 2017

JUST IN: 21 Chibok Girls Released

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21 kidnapped Chibok girls have been freed, according to a Tweet by Mr.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, tweeted their release via his official Twitter handle @GarShehu, the teeth read:
It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Security Services, DSS.

It is not however clear at the time of filing this report if they were rescued by Nigerian troops or released by the dreaded sect, Boko Haram.

It will be recalled that the girls were abducted on the 14th of April, 2014 from their school hostel while preparing for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WAEC); These caused a global outcry and initiated the #BringBackOurGirls.

A total of 276 girls were kidnapped while some managed to escape within hours of their abduction, while they were being ferried out of Chibok by jumping out of the truck and running into the bushes.

However, out of the 219 girls taken that faithful night by the insurgents, Amina Ali Nkeki, was found in May as she was collecting firewood in the huge Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon and another Chibok girl, who was not part of the initial kidnapped girls, was also found.
Today a government spokesman told the BBC that 21 girls had been released, bringing the total number of girls found to 22.

Boko Haram had earlier released a video in August 2016, accusing the Nigerian Air Force of bombarding the area where some of the Chibok girls were kept in the Sambisa forest, killing them.

More so, in the video, the insurgents demanded that their members in various Nigerian prison’s be released in exchanged for the kidnapped girls, a demand which the Federal Government rejected, since there were no credible persons representing the sect. However, there are indications that the Government is holding secret meetings with the sect to secure the release of the girls.

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