Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Chibok girls remain in captivity - BBOG reminds Nigerian government

Chibok girls remain in captivity - BBOG reminds Nigerian government

A campaign representative said that it was awaiting confirmation on how many girls had been released.

Although the army has retaken much of the territory initially lost to Boko Haram, large parts of the northeast, particularly in Borno state, remain under threat from the militants.

"After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities", said Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari. "Today 82 more Chibok girls were released", it said on Saturday.

Though Boko Haram has abducted thousands of people during its eight-year insurgency that has spilled across Nigeria's borders, the Chibok mass kidnapping horrified the world and brought the extremist group global attention.

In October 2016, 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls were freed by fter negotiations between the terror group and the Nigerian government.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the latest release and urged the global community to support Nigeria's government to work toward getting all Boko Haram victims home.

The United Nations Children's Fund has welcomed the release of more than 80 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria over three years ago.

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They will then be reunited with their families.

Boko Haram fighters stormed the girls' school on the evening of April 14, 2014, and kidnapped 276 teenaged girls who were preparing to sit high school exams.

Some parents did not live long enough to see their daughters released, underscoring the tragedy of the saga.

He said: "I can not express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom". Human rights officials have said some of the escapees described forced marriages and rapes, forced conversions to Islam, and forced labor and participation in attacks.

A military source said the girls were now in Banki near the Cameroon border for medical checks before being airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

Presidential adviser Femi Adesina said: "The president was delighted to receive them and he promised that all that is needed to be done to reintegrate them into the society will be done".

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