EYN confirms release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls in prisoner swap

EYN confirms release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls in prisoner swap

EYN confirms release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls in prisoner swap

May 6, 2017: Nigeria's government says another 82 schoolgirls are released. Numerous girls who were held captive were forced to marry their captors and birth children in remote hideouts without ever knowing if they would see their parents again.

This leaves the family on edge as they do not know if Sarah was among those released especially as the girls are yet to be reconnected with their families. I am still hopeful that the rest of the abducted girls will also return safe and sound, " she said.

Nkeki, the chairman for the Chibok parents' group and a primary school teacher who has taught numerous schoolgirls, spent three hours with his niece, Maimuna Usman, 20, and the other 81 former Boko Haram captives in Abuja, the Nigerian capital where they have been kept since their unexpected release on Sunday.

Reports of this weekend's release range from 52-82, but The New York Times reports that even with this release, over 100 girls remain under control of Boko Haram.

The list was published on Monday after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met the young women before announcing he was leaving for London immediately for medical check-ups as fears over his health continue. Parts of that area are risky because of fighting between the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and the government of Nigeria.

Boko Haram has killed thousands and displaced more than 2 million people across northeast Nigeria and surrounding countries. Of the 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014, 113 are still missing. Others did not want to come home because they'd been radicalized by their captors, they said.

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Loosely translated, Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden", and while the group has terrorized all parts of Nigerian society for years, schools are a favorite target.

Mr Shehu said the government was working to verify their identities, so they can be reunited with their families as soon as possible. It led to the creation of the global movement Bring Back Our Girls, which shone a spotlight on the deadly insurgency of Boko Haram that had previously been under-reported.

Yemi Osinbajo has said the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari played a major role in the negotiation and subsequent release of the Chibok girls so far released by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

He commended the efforts of security agencies and the worldwide communities involved in negotiations toward the release of the girls.

The Red Cross also tweeted a photo of some of the girls walking onto a helicopter departing Borno State.

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