The Federal Government has confirmed that 76 of the 110 the girls abducted by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State have been released.
However, 34 of the girls are still in the custody of the militants.
Further inquiries revealed that 5 of the girls are already dead while in the custody of their abductors.
The confirmation was made in a statement by the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed.
Mr. Mohammed said President Muhammadu Buhari directives to all security agencies to do everything possible to secure the release of the girls, who were abducted February 19, had “yielded fruits”.
He said the release of the remaining abducted students was “ongoing”.
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He said the girls were released around 3 a.m. through “back-channel efforts” and with the help of some friends of the country, and that it was unconditional.
”For the release to work, the government had a clear understanding that violence and confrontation would not be the way out as it could endanger the lives of the girls, hence a non-violent approach was the preferred option.
”Within the period when the girls were being brought back, operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage and also that lives were not lost,” Mr. Mohammed said.
He said the number of the freed girls would be updated after the remaining ones have been documented, “especially because the girls were not handed over to anyone but dropped off in Dapchi.”