Boko Haram releases 82 Chibok girls after negotiations with government

Three years after they were kidnapped by Boko Haram, 82 schoolgirls were released after lengthy negotiations with the Nigerian government. In exchange for the girls’ release, the Nigerian authorities released a few Boko Haram terrorists.

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The Nigerian government announced on Saturday night that 82 of the schoolgirls who were kidnapped in 2014 from Chibok by Boko Haram have been released. According to the government, the girls were released in exchange for a few Boko Haram members who were being held by the Nigerian authorities.

In a series of tweets, the Nigerian government announced the release of the girls. “President Muhammadu Buhari is pleased to announce that negotiations to release more of the #ChibokGirls have yielded results,” one tweet read.

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“After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities,” another tweet read. “The President has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the #ChibokGirls, and all other Boko Haram captives.”

In April 2014, 276 schoolgirls from the Nigerian town of Chibok were kidnapped. Many attempts to ensure their release were made over the years. Some of the girls were able to escape and return to their families but according to assessments, there are still hundreds of girls being held captive by the terrorist organization.

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