UPDATE: Government, Parents confirm release of Dapchi schoolgirls

The Nigerian Federal government has confirmed that the schoolgirls abducted by boko haram over a month ago have been released by the sect. This confirmation was made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Shehu, who promised to give more details later said: “Yes, the girls are being
transported to safety. We will give details later. We thank God”.

Meanwhile, parents of the abducted girls also confirmed their return.

“The girls have been brought back. They were brought in nine vehicles and dropped outside the school at about 8:00 am (0700 GMT),” Bashir Manzo, who heads a group set up to support parents whose children were abducted told the AFP.

The former chairman of Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Abana, confirmed the release of the girls.

“I just spoke with a Chibok parent who is in contact with the parents of the Dapchi girls. He said the parents confirmed the release of the girls but we don’t know if all of the girls were released or not, but we can confirm that Boko Haram has released some of the Dapchi girls,” Abana stated.

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