United Nations welcomes Chibok girls' release, urges all be freed

Claudine Rigal
Mai 21, 2017

It is the second group release; Nigeria announced in October that 21 girls had been freed after negotiations with the extremists.

Alhassan said the students' parents will meet their daughters at the presidential villa in Abuja.

(AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba).

The girls include the 82 released on Saturday, Ms Alhassan said.

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigerian newspapers published the names Monday of 82 Chibok schoolgirls set free three years after being kidnapped by Islamic extremists, but they remained behind closed doors and their parents awaited word on whether they could see them.

Numerous girls from the school in Chibok, state of Borno, were Christian but were later photographed in Muslim dress by the militants.

Abana Ishaya said Wednesday he was thrilled to find out his daughter was among those released in exchange for five Boko Haram commanders.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

"I know, one day, this Boko Haram issue will be over".

Some of the released girls during their meeting with President Buhari on Sunday.

The released girls are now in the care of the government's women's affairs ministry. They are among thousands kidnapped by Boko Haram during its eight-year insurgency that has left thousands dead and driven millions from their homes.

According to her, most of the girls prefer to be within the government facility because they don't want to be reminded of their experiences having to go to their community.

He also disclosed that most of the girls released were not from Chibok town but villages scattered around the area. Amnesty International quickly released a statement urging the government to respect the girls' privacy and not subject them to a media circus.

In April 2014, the girls were forced from their beds in a late-night raid by the militants at a government secondary school in Chibok, in the state of Borno, Northeast Nigeria. Girls who escaped early on said some of their classmates had died from illness. "We can't afford to keep them any longer", she said.

The source also told AFP that the sect wanted money in exchange for the girls and not a prisoner swap.

She said before the arrival of the 82 girls, the government had been taking care of the 24 previously-released girls, and 4 babies.

"I am feeling bad", she told the Reuters news agency about her decision to leave her daughter behind in Chibok.

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