Nigerian government confirms the release of 101 Dapchi girls

The Nigerian government has confirmed the release of 76 out of the 110 schoolgirls abducted in Dapchi, Yobe state just over a month ago by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

According to Lai Mohammed, the Information Minister, the release was "unconditional" and the result of "back-channel efforts" with the help of "some friends of the country".

"The 76 are those who have been documented so far and they were released at about 3.00a.m. (0200 GMT) and a full headcount is underway."

"For the release to work, the government had a clear understanding that violence and confrontation would not be the way out as it could endanger the lives of the girls, hence a non-violent approach was the preferred option."

"Within the period when the girls were being brought back, (an) operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage and also that lives were not lost."

The presidency said that the girls were already in custody of the country's intelligence agency, the Department of State Services

Bashir Manzo, who heads a parents’ support group in Dapchi, said: “These girls were not accompanied by any security personnel.

“Their abductors brought them, dropped them outside the school and left, without talking to anyone.”
The schoolgirls were kidnapped from the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Nigeria


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