By Dipo Awojobi – The dreaded Boko Haram sect on Thursday morning released about 21 girls out of the over 200 that were kidnapped in the town of Chibok in Borno state, over two years ago.
The details concerning the release of the girls are yet to be made known as at press time.
However, the released girls are in the custody of State Security Services in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.
Similarly, the Nigerian military is currently carrying out a large-scale operation in the Sambisa forest, which has for long been a stronghold of the insurgent Boko Haram.
Confirming the release of the girls through social media, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok Girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
According to Mallam Shehu, the release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the sect, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. “The negotiations will continue,” he added.
The President’s media aide further said that 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.