No Chibok Girls Released; The Ones That Escaped Abductions Are Heading To New Schools In Kaduna -Borno State Government says.
A government source in Maiduguri has revealed to SaharaReporters that the school girls sighted in Maimalari barracks today were not freshly released by Boko Haram as being speculated.
The girls, 34 in number had earlier escaped from Boko haram militants in April as they were being driven away from the scene of the massive abductions in Chibok.
The Borno state government said the girls were heading to new schools secured from them in Kaduna with full military escort.
Confusion on #ChibokGirls. Maj Gen Chris Olukolade, who said some girls were free, now says army still trying to confirm girls’ identities.
Military now says: trying to confirm identity of girls in military custody. Some girls are now safe in a military barracks defence headquarters spokesman Chris Olukolade tells BBC. “Not the Chibok girls” he says.
Following an earlier report that some Chibok girls were reportedly released, the Defence Director of Information, Maj Gen. Chris Olukolade has retracted the statement. Olukolade told the BBC there were girls in military custody, but not those from Chibok as originally thought.
This development is coming a few days after unconfirmed reports that the Nigerian government had been negotiating a deal with Boko Haram to exchange the abducted girls for imprisoned Islamist fighters.