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Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group in Nigeria, has released 82 Chibok girls who were in their custody since April 2014.
The top military source who revealed this to newsmen claimed that the release of the 82 abducted school girls came after further negotiations between the Islamist group and the Buhari’s administration.
However, the source did not disclose the terms of the negotiation which led to the release of the Chibok girls.
The source revealed that that the 82 girls who just regained their freedom are currently in Banki town in Borno state awaiting airlift to an unknown destination.
He added that once the girls are secured in a new location they would be debriefed, undergo a psychological and medical test and then be reunited with their families.
The Presidency has also confirmed the release of the girls on Saturday night.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President – Media and Publicity, revealed thus:
“After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.
“The released Chibok Girls are due to arrive in Abuja on Sunday May 7, and will be received by the President.
“President Muhammadu Buhari expresses his deep gratitude to all who played a part in ensuring the success of this operation, as follows: Security agencies, the military, the Government of Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and local and international NGOs.
“The President has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the #ChibokGirls, and all other Boko Haram captives.
“The President has received detailed briefings from the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) at every stage of the negotiations/operation”.
It was gathered that the released Chibok girls will be received by President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet at the Aso Rock villa today.