An unclear number of the Chibok girls kidnapped by the extremist Boko Haram sect in April have been released, officials said.
A top military source said two Toyota Hiace buses loaded with the girls were driven into the Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri this evening.
When contacted, Defence Spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, confirmed the development.
Olukolade, the Nigeria military spokesman says some of the schoolgirls abducted in April have been released and are now in military custody.
He said the exercise was still ongoing and that appropriate statement would be made soon. Sources at the Presidency had also said Goodluck Jonathan who seeks a re-election campaign had promised to ensure the girls are rescued before his formal declaration seeking a second term mandate.
The International Committee of the Red Cross had been reportedly involved in a secret prisoner swap deal to secure the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, along with the Nigerian government, the Telegraph UK reported. Officials from the Geneva-based organisation have sat in on talks between the Nigerian government and a senior Boko Haram leader currently held in one of the country’s maximum security prisons. It is however unclear if it is the negotiation with the Red Cross that saw to the release of the school girls.
On the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. The kidnappings were claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria.
As of 29 June, more than 200 students were still missing. Boko Haram has said that it wants to sell the girls.
The Nigerian government has been heavily criticised for failing to protect the population and end Boko Haram terrorist actions.
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