The Defence Headquarters yesterday said only eight out of the 129 students abducted by Boko Haram from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State were still missing.
About eighty of the students were said to have escaped from Boko Haram camp or rescued by troops.
Some of the girls were alleged to have regained freedom on compassionate ground by the sect.
The troops got a marching order last night to rescue the eight remaining girls before dawn.
But troops were able to arrest one of the insurgents who perpetrated the abduction.
According to the Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who spoke with our correspondent last night, the girls were “rescued in a village in one of the routes taken by the insurgents after abducting the girls.
Olukolade said: “More students of the GGSS Chibok have been freed this evening in the ongoing Search and Rescue Operations to free the abducted students.
“With this development, the Principal of the school confirmed that only eight of the students (8) are still missing.
“One of the terrorists who carried out the attack on the school has been captured.”
Responding to a question, Olukade said: “Most of the girls were rescued in a village along one of the routes used by the insurgents.
“Also, some of the girls actually escaped from the sect’s camp. The troops have got a marching order to rescue the remaining eight girls before dawn.”