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Presidency Confirms Release of 82 Chibok Girls



The Presidency on Saturday confirmed the release of about 82 abducted Chibok schoolgirls after three years of captivity.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed the release of the girls in a statement he posted online on Saturday in Abuja.

The presidential spokesman stated that the President was pleased over the successful negotiations leading to the release of the affected girls.

He announced that President Buhari also commended the nation’s security agencies for their efforts in ensuring the release of the girls.

According to him, the president will be receiving the rescued girls in Abuja on Sunday.

Shehu also confirmed that the girls were release by their captors in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the Federal Government.

The statement read:

President Buhari is pleased to announce that negotiations to release more of the Chibok Girls have bore fruit with the release of 82 more girls today after months of patient negotiations. Our security agencies have taken back these abducted girls in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.

The girls are due tomorrow (Sunday) in Abuja to be received by the President. The president expressed his deep gratitude to security agencies, the military, the government of Switzerland, the Red Cross, local and international NGOs for the success of the operation.

It may be recalled when the first batch of 21 girls were released in October 2016, the president directed the security agencies to continue in earnest until all the Chibok girls have been released and reunited with their families.

The president has been receiving full reports from the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) at each stage of the operation.


  1. keke driver

    May 7, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I find it difficult to believe anything this govt says, I’ll wait till Mrs Oby confirms the news

  2. jinkelele

    May 7, 2017 at 9:08 am

    It’s been long
    For those who have stood, wailed and fought that youngl female school children be returned, I say well done.
    I know that the girls from the FG unity school in Chibok were not the only victims of this senseless war. The young boys in Yobe , children in towns and villages and victims of all bomb blasts since this nonsense started.
    May their release rekindle hope.
    God (and you know why). I just want to say thank you. May their healing come quickly.

  3. June

    May 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

    How convenient ????!!!

  4. Tina

    May 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Till date, no significant boko arrest or conviction has been made. If this is true, this girls just suffered for nothing. God will punish everyone involved.

  5. FasholasLover

    May 7, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Anytime Nigerians ask questions (This time about our ghost Presisent) a batch is “released”. Odiegwu.

  6. Pickles

    May 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Thank God Almighty for bringing these girls back. It baffles me that more than 200 human beings could be kidnapped easily and kept for this long. what are our police and other security agencies doing exactly? Ridiculous stuff!!

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