Chibok girls: UNICEF commends FG over release of 82 victims

Toni Houston
May 9, 2017

In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, left, meets with Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, May. Others did not want to come home either because they'd been radicalized by their captors.

"As Boko Haram has seized thousands of captives in less than a decade, more attention should be paid to victims of less-publicised mass abductions by the extremist group", concluded the paper.

"This news is a glimmer of hope that one day all the kidnapped girls will once again return home, live freely and have a peaceful future", the statement said. A military source said three Boko Haram commanders had been freed in an exchange, but declined to give further details.

"So when you do have individuals that are being released back into the group, any impact that they may have in enhancing Boko Haram's operational capabilities will more than likely be limited to the specified area where they are deployed, as opposed to having a wide impact on the trajectory of the insurgency, " he said.

"The President directed the security agencies to continue in earnest until all the Chibok girls have been released and reunited with their families", the presidency said.

Speaking on Arise Television last night, she said: "Even though there are reports that some of the girls are unwilling to come along with the 82 freed girls because they may have been radicalised, the government should not be discouraged".

However, 21 of them were earlier released in October 2016 after negotiation between the Federal Government and the insurgents.

"Bring Back Our Girls" campaigners celebrate the release of the kidnapped Chibok school girls.

He said the president had planned to leave Sunday afternoon, but chose to tarry a bit, due to the arrival of 82 Chibok girls who arrived Abuja earlier in the day.

According to the PDP, the terrorists will continue with their tactics believing that they can always use it to blackmail the government to release their members and to extract other concessions.

Human rights advocates also fear some of the girls have been used by Boko Haram to carry out suicide bombings.

"Already staff at a UNICEF supported health clinic have been supporting immediate efforts to identify the girls and conduct medical check-ups before their onward transport". The girls were released near the town of Banki in Borno state near Cameroon and will be transported to the capital, Abuja.

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