The Nigerian Government has revealed how it got the dreaded Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, to release 82 more Chibok girls today after more than three years in captivity.
The presidency in a statement on Saturday night disclosed that the girls were released after lengthy negotiations with the terrorists, “security agencies took back the girls in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.”
Below is the full statement released by the presidency on Twitter:
“President Buhari is pleased to announce that negotiations to release more of the #ChibokGirls have yielded results.”
“Today, 82 more #ChibokGirls were released.”
“After lengthy negotiations,our security agencies have taken back these girls,in exchange for some BokoHaram suspects held by the authorities”
“The released #ChibokGirls are due to arrive in Abuja tomorrow Sunday May 7, and will be received by the President.
“President @MBuhari expresses his deep gratitude to all who played a part in ensuring the success of this operation, as follows:
“Security agencies, the military, the Government of Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross, & local and international NGOs
“The President has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the #ChibokGirls, and all other BH captives.”
“The President has received detailed briefings from the DG of the Dept of State Services (DSS) at every stage of the negotiations/operation,” the presidency tweeted.
Sat, 06 May 2017 19:34:11 +0000
SOURCE :African Spotlight