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Released Chibok girls return to Borno for Christmas

23 December 2016, 14:39

Borno - The 21 freed Chibok schoolgirls were on Thursday sighted at the International Airport, Yola, Adamawa State, going home for the Christmas season, Punch reports.

This is just as rumours that the girls were a new set of rescued Chibok schoolgirls went viral on the media.

The reports had claimed that the girls were being taken from Adamawa to Abuja to see President Muhammadu Buhari.

The acting Army Director of Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, however, said on Thursday that no new rescue of the Chibok girls was recorded, adding that the girls sighted were heading home for the Yuletide.

Twenty-one  of the kidnapped girls were released on October 13, 2016, in a deal brokered by the International Committee of Red Cross and the Swiss government.

The Federal Government had said a day after their release that it was negotiating with a faction of the Boko Haram sect  for the release of the remaining 83 girls.

Another security source, said that the schoolgirls were being escorted by security operatives to Chibok to reunite with their families during the Yuletide..

He added that security would be tightened around Chibok throughout the girls’ stay in the town to forestall any breach.

Over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014 from their hostel at the Government Secondary School, Chibok while taking their final examinations.

Meanwhile, the Presidency on Thursday denied reports making the rounds that another 21 of the girls abducted from Chibok had been released according to News24.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, made the clarification on his Twitter handle.

Shehu confirmed that negotiations were ongoing for the release of the girls and that the Department of State Services was optimistic that the negotiations would be successful.

He however disclosed that the 21 girls released recently had been taken to Yola, Adamawa State to celebrate Christmas with their families.

- News 24


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