By Abdul Tukur
More than 80 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram have been released, DENISAURUS News has learned.
In 2014, 276 girls were forcefully taken by members of the insurgent group, as they prepared to write their final exam in Chibok, Borno State.
Initially, 57 of the girls managed to escape, but many believe that the past government failed to seek the rest of their release.
While campaigning in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to tackle Boko Haram heads on. Today’s release of 82 girls is seen as part of the fulfilment of his promise.
A deal carried out by the Department of State Services, DSS and supported by the Swiss government, had also helped to secure the release of 21 girls in October, last year.
Two others were found in the forest and rescued by the Army. There are about 113 girls still in captive.
The added 82 released today has been welcomed by many.
Garba Shehu said he was “pleased to announce that negotiations to release more of the #ChibokGirls have yielded results. Today, 82 more #ChibokGirls were released.
“The President has received detailed briefings from the Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, at every stage of the negotiation/operation.”