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More than 80 Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram arrive in Abuja

Boko Haram militants in Nigeria released dozens of abducted Chibok schoolgirls this week. The girls arrived in the capital of Abuja and are expected to be received by the president.

A government official said five Boko Haram commanders were freed to secure the release of the schoolgirls.

CGTN’s Thuli Tshabalala reports.

The released schoolgirls arrived at the Abuja airport and were driven away in a military convoy. They were found near the border town of Banki in Borno state, near Cameroon’s territory.

A Nigerian official said they secured the release of these 82 girls in exchange for Boko Haram prisoners. Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross helped secure their release after lengthy negotiations with the militant group.

The girls were welcomed by the Nigerian president’s chief of staff.

Around 276 girls were kidnapped in April 2014 by the militant group. Around 57 managed to escape, but more than 200 had remained missing for more than two years.

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6 comments

  1. This month of May 2017, might be the miracle or wonder year.
    82 chibok girls gain their release and LRC having a new PM. Haba.

  2. Agenda:
    a. Motion of support from Pa
    b. Presence at the inaugural
    c. Two months of sojourn thereafter.

    Or, is this out of context? The bad in it, is simply because it comes out
    ahead of time.

    Upon return, like we had it after the Vatican visit wherein the clergy
    became the target, your bet might be as good as mine: teachers, parents,
    christians, bendskin riders etc. would be dragged to court.

    Macron, will surely be told that Cameroon is still `one and indivisible` and
    will emerge greatly come 2035, now that foreign loans and investments, are
    in record.

    • @ Joshua
      It is too soon to speculate on the contours of the new French leadership other than assume that it will probably still have a paternalistic sway over third world leaders eager to present themselves as best pupils (meilleurs eleves).

      Let us just rejoice about the liberate young women next door in Nigeria and hope society can accommodate them in spite of their sad experiences.Elsewhere such violated women are shunned as condemned goods.

      • @JD, the problem is not just accomodating them, but how about
        the new orientation they have received at Sambisa school of Islamism?
        Remember that mothers remain the first and best teachers the world
        has ever seen – `Sweet mothers`.

  3. Bravo. Mais que l‘on s‘attende à beaucoup plus d‘attaque de bh comme lors de la libération des 23. L‘hypocrisie anglo saxonne ne nous dira jamais combien de milliards de naira ont été déboursé. Argent qui servira à recruter & acheter des armes. Si c‘était le gouvernement kmer, on auraient tout entendu des biafrais de ce forum.

  4. ICRC, like news reporters, are persons sandwiched between rivals in many conflict situations. It is in the interest of both sides to protect/spare them for the useful but risky nature of their assignment.
    That is why the trial and imprisonment of RFI’s Hausa service reporter, Abba is so unfortunate. By this same logic, Boko Haram could also have arrested and imprisoned or even killed him for identifying with Cameroonian officials. Not too good!