Chris Steven, Abuja
A report coming in said the terrorists group, Boko Haram, has released 21 out of the over 2018 Chibok Secondary school girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok community, Borno state on April 14, 2014.
The girls were released to the Department of State Services.
The release of the girls which was earlier speculated was confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The Presidential Spokesman in a statement disclosed that the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, has briefed Buhari on the development.
He said the names of the released girls would soon be made public.
President Buhari had at several fora in the last few weeks said the Federal Government was negotiating the release of the Chibok girls with the Boko Haram sect.
A statement by Shehu, titled: “IT IS OFFICIAL, 21 CHIBOK GIRLS NOW WITH GOVERNMENT,” reads in full: It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok Girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
The Director-General, Malam LAWAL Daura just finished briefing the President H.E MUHAMMADU Buhari.
The release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The negotiations will continue.
The President welcomes the release of the girls but cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism.
Malam LAWAL wants the girls to have some rest, with all of them very tired coming out of the process before he hands them over to the Vice President,Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The President takes off shortly on a trip to Germany for a state visit.