West & Central Africa

Boko Haram released 82 Chibok school girls in a prisoner swap.

Boko Haram Islamic terror group has released additional 82 chibok schoolgirls out of an expected 250 still in captivity. This brings the number of girls who have been released by the islamists to 105 out if 276 abducted in April 2014.

A statement from the Nigerian presidency, confirming the release said the Chibok school girls were released in exchange for Boko Haram prisoners held by security agencies. The statement did not say how many of the terrorists were released in the exchange or if money was part of the exchange.
A spokesman from the presidency, Garba Shehu, said, “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 added in a tweet that the Swiss government and the International Committee secured the release of the 82 girls in “lengthy negotiations.”

The 82 girls will be flown from Maiduguri, Sunday to meet with the ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja the nation’s capital.

A report said the girls were released and left around Banki village, near the Cameroon border. The terror group called to say where the girls were left for the security forces to find after the exchange. The military are carrying out medical checks on the girls before being airlifted to Maiduguri on the transit to Abuja.

The Chibok school girls who are predominantly Christians, consist of a small part of the thousands of Christians abducted by the Boko Haram Islamic terrorists. The girls backed by a social media campaign, ‘#bringbackourgirls’ which has been echoed internationally by celebrities formed a high profile and a political icon for the Buhari administration.

Hundreds more wallow in neglect in captivity while some of the teenage girls have been forcefully converted to Islam, some used as human weapons to carry out the ongoing suicide attacks in North Eastern Nigeria.