The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has confirmed the release of some of the girls abducted by boko haram militants, from a Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe State.
The Minister said only 76 girls were released on Wednesday, meaning that the militants have not freed 34 of the girls.
Lai Mohammed said President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives to all Security Agencies to do everything possible to secure the release of the girls, who were abducted on February 19, had “yielded fruits”.
He said the release of the remaining abducted students was “ongoing”.
He stated that the girls were released around 3am, 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”, Lai Mohammed said.
He added that 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.”