21 Chibok Girls Freed; FG Releases Names

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Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Borno State

By Lordson Okpetu



The Federal Government has made public the names of the 21 Chibok girls who were released earlier today.

They are:

  1. Mary Usman Bulama
  2. Jumai John
  3. Blessing Abana
  4. Luggwa Sanda
  5. Comfort Habila
  6. Maryam Basheer
  7. Comfort Amos
  8. Glory Mainta
  9. Saratu Emmanuel
  10. Deborah Ja’afaru
  11. Rahab Ibrahim
  12. Helin Musa
  13. Maryamu Lawan
  14. Rebecca Ibrahim
  15. Asabe Goni
  16. Deborah Andrawus
  17. Agnes Gapani
  18. Saratu Markus
  19. Glory Dama
  20. Pindah Nuhu
  21. Rebecca Mallam


FG denies chibok girls’ release was a swap deal with boko haram

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied reports that the girls were swapped with Boko Haram millitant in governments custody. Rather he attributed the release of the girls to credible information from trusted negotiators among the leadership of Boko Haram.

The minister put forward this argument while addressing a press conference on the release of the abducted girls.

He said the president gave directives to officials of the State Security Service after it was certain that the release of the girls was possible, based on the information provided.

“The moment we had a credible lead, we built confidence on our sources and the president gave authorities to the SSS to pursue the release of the girls.

“The parties agreed on the date and location of the release of the 21 girls. This was done as soon as necessary confidence was built on both sides. Please note that this is not a swap. It is a release, the product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides.

“As soon as agreements were reached; the parties decided on a place of exchange and the girls were released.

He discloses that government had put in place medical, psychological and trauma experts, as well as social workers to help attend to the health needs of the girls upon their arrival at Abuja.


The physical swap

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) played a crucial role in securing the safe release of the girls.

Red Cross vehicles brought the girls to Kumshe, a source told AFP. Kumshe town is about about 15km (nine miles) from the military base in Banki, a town that borders Cameroon.

“The four Boko Haram militants arrived Banki from Maiduguri in a military helicopter and driven to Kumshe in ICRC vehicles,” the source said.


VP Osinbanjo to receive the girls in Abuja shortly

We can authoritatively confirm to you that  the girls are on their way to Abuja to meet with Vice President Osinbanjo. The girls rested briefly in DSS custody shortly after their release and are en-route Abuja by flight.

They left Airforce base in Maiduguri for Abuja earlier this morning.



President Muhammadu Buhari welcomes the released Chibok girls


The price for freedom

The boko haram terrorist group got four high-ranking fighters in exchange for the Chibok girls, according to Sahara reporters.


President Buhari, who takes off shortly on a trip to Germany for a state visit, welcomes the release of the girls. He, however, cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism

BBOG awaits identity of the girls released 913 days after their abduction

Spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu promises to release the names of the freed girls shortly.

BringBackOurGirls, a pressure group formed to pressure the government into hastening the release of the abducted girls, is gladdened by the good news. The group also eagerly await the names of the released girls like millions of other Nigerians all over the world.


How the 21 Chibok girls got their freedom

Mallam Garba Shehu gives insight into how the freedom of the 21 girls released from their Boko Haram abductors earlier today was negotiated. It was as a result of negotiations between the FG and the terrorist group, Boko Haram. Red Cross and the Swiss government facilitated the negotiations.


Spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu has tweeted confirmation of the Chibok girls’ release: 


Two spokesmen for President Muhammadu Buhari told Reuters they were unaware of the report. Military spokesmen have not responded to phone calls or text messages.

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