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Release of Chibok Girls: “This is not a swap, It is a release” – Lai Mohammed



PIC.26. WORLD NEWS CONFERENCE ON RELEASE OF 21 ABDUCTED CHIBOK GIRLS IN ABUJAFollowing the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed has said that it is not a swap, but a release based on “painstaking negotiations”.

He made this known at a press conference organised by the ministry to provide more information on the girls’ release.

“We can confirm that 21 of the girls were released, safely, to us by 5.30 this Thursday morning and they were flown to Kaduna from the location of their release.

This is the most glaring manifestation to date of the unwavering commitment of Mr. President to secure the safe release of the girls and reunite them with their families. It is also a result of the round-the-clock efforts by the Administration to put a closure to the sad issue of the kidnap of the girls.

We expect the released girls to land in Abuja shortly. Ahead of their arrival, we have assembled a team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts, etc to properly examine the girls, especially because they have been in captivity for so long. They will also be adequately debriefed.

We have the list of the 21 girls but we are now contacting their parents as part of the necessary verification exercise. As soon as that is concluded, we will release the names to the public.

Gentlemen, as we have always said, we have been working on the safe release of the girls and following all the leads available. In this instance, the moment we had a credible lead, Mr President gave the green-light to the DSS to pursue it.

We can confirm that the DSS pursued the lead in collaboration with a friendly European country and a renowned international humanitarian organization. The DSS was supported by the military.

As soon as the necessary confidence was built on both sides, the parties agreed on the date and the location of the release of the 21 girls. Please note that this is not a swap. It is a release, the product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides.

We see this as a credible first step in the eventual release of all the Chibok Girls in captivity. It is also a major step in confidence-building between us as a government and the Boko Haram leadership on the issue of the Chibok Girls.

We want to thank all Nigerians for their support and for never losing confidence in the ability of Mr. President to secure the safe release of our Chibok Girls,” Mohammed said.

Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO


  1. veev

    October 13, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    If it wasn’t a swap, why 21 then? I will just wait for boko haram spokesman to hear the truth not from some unintelligent LIAR LAI

    • A lie has no hiding place.

      October 16, 2016 at 2:03 am

      “”The ray of hope offered by the Boko Haram video was said to have sparked off series of behind the scenes negotiations that culminated in the release of over 3000 Boko Haram suspects under the Operation Safe Corridor mandate and subsequent release of the 21 Chibok girls and other hostages.

      While the neutrality principle of the International Committee of the Red Cross stipulates that their role should not be publicised, the Swiss government as well as key US, UK and other local negotiations paved the way for the deal. The deal, according to THISDAY findings, either involved cash exchange for the girls or a swap deal with some Boko Haram commanders in jail.
      A source told THISDAY, “I can confirm that five key Boko Haram terrorists were released for the 21 girls. However, the target is to get all the remaining girls as may be in their custody released but negotiations are still on.”””

  2. Missappleberry

    October 13, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Lol. U truly represent the sound of your name. Lair!

  3. yemite

    October 13, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Lol!! Lie lie pls this man should just stop appear on public media people are already know that out of 100% of your word No single 1% is a truth. Gurls that you people already know where they are or what? Rubbish human being.

  4. fc

    October 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    chief lieing officer is at it again

  5. Tee

    October 13, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    And the people that shared the $2.1 billion meant for the same course are heroes. Shame on you guys. I will say it anywhere, satan better pass some of una. Two face abi na two mouth hypocrites. What’s the opposite of liar liar again o? It’s reasonable to respect your elders when it suits you but when it’s your sworn enemy it doesn’t matter. GEJ failed to deliver or bring them back, oh sorry, they shared the money. Awon alainironu oponu ayeraye, yes I just said it.

  6. nnenne

    October 13, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    The more you look the less you see!

  7. Adeola

    October 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Truly which girls where us dere waec photocard not released by waec where did d north get that amount of girls . Girls that want to write waec that can not speak English u all are liars
    My point is dat d only prove DAT girls registered in that school for waec is d photocard waec should release,it and less see so we know if actually did girls were d missing girls How will u look for girls u don’t know
    I talk my own.

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