Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Negotiations ongoing to exchange more Chibok girls with detained insurgents

In April 2014, the jihadi group Boko Haram abducted 276 female students from their school in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok.This week, after three years in captivity, 82 of them were freed in an exchange with the government.

He also urged the global community to continue supporting the government of Nigeria in its efforts to ensure the release, rehabilitation, and reintegration of all Boko Haram victims.

"These girls went through captivity for more than two years".

Speaking while presenting a peace flag to the Nigerian army, at the Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja, Princess Lillian Cosmos, FCT Coordinator, Africa Arise for Change Network commended President Buhari for keeping to his promise and facilitating the freedom of the girls after three years.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, also reportedly told the girls that they would soon be reunited with their parents and that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari would not relent until all the girls had been released.

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None of the 21 girls who were released in October have been able to move back home, and almost seven months later they are still being held on a military re-integration programme. "Some community leaders from Abuja, who went with them, were barred from entering".

When they learn they will be going to visit the newly freed 82 young women the following day, they erupt into applause. "They gave government consent for them to be here", she said.

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Amnesty International said on Saturday that holding the released girls in lengthy detention and for security screening "can only add to their suffering and plight". They have been in government care for medical attention, trauma counseling and rehabilitation. "We will never prevent them from seeing their daughters", Alhassan said.

Before their release on Saturday, 195 girls remained captive, while 113 were unaccounted for.

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Ms Alhassan also said the government will continue seeking experts' advice on the girls' psychological state.

Human Rights Watch has accused the government of failing to respect the girls' privacy by publishing their names and for parading them at a photo-call.

The International Committee of the Red Cross helped negotiate the girls' release along with the Swiss government.

The 82 Chibok schoolgirls were released on May 5, 2017 by Boko Haram insurgents.

The U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, said it supported the provision of education for the released girls who wanted to return to school. He also said the others who are at large could recruit new Boko Haram members or launch suicide bombings and other acts of terror.

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