FG Confirms Release of 76 Out of 110 Dapchi School Girls Abducted by Boko Haram

Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, Wednesday, confirmed the release of Dapchi school girls but said only 76 were freed.
The government said out of 110 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists, only 76 girls were released Wednesday, leaving out 34 of them.
Mohammed said President Muhammadu Buhari directives to all security agencies to do everything possible to secure the release of the girls, who were abducted February 19, had “yielded fruits”.
He said the release of the remaining abducted students was “ongoing”.
He said the girls were released around 3 a.m. through “back-channel efforts” and with the help of some friends of the country, and that it was unconditional.
”For the release to work, the government had a clear understanding that violence and confrontation would not be the way out as it could endanger the lives of the girls, hence a non-violent approach was the preferred option.
”Within the period when the girls were being brought back, operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage and also that lives were not lost,” Mohammed said.
He said the number of the freed girls would be updated after the remaining ones have been documented, “especially because the girls were
not handed over to anyone but dropped off in Dapchi.”

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