Abuja: Boko Haram militants have launched 76 of the 110 schoolgirls who have been kidnapped from the northeastern city of Dapchi in February, the federal government mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.
Info Minister Lai Mohammed mentioned “the 76 are those that have been documented”, including that the discharge of the kidnapped college students “is ongoing”.
The schoolgirls have been returned to Dapchi by Boko Haram early Wednesday morning following negotiations between the Nigerian authorities and the militant group.
“The ladies have been launched round three:00 am (zero200 GMT) by means of back-channel efforts and with the assistance of some pals of the nation,” mentioned Mohammed, with out elaborating.
The variety of freed ladies could enhance “as a result of the ladies weren’t handed over to anybody however dropped off in Dapchi,” he mentioned.
Bashir Manzo, who heads a dad and mom´ help group in Dapchi, earlier advised AFP that the ladies had been returned.
“The ladies have been introduced again. They have been introduced in 9 automobiles and dropped exterior the college at about eight:00 am (0700 GMT),” Manzo mentioned.
The Dapchi kidnapping on February 19 conjured painful reminiscences of an identical abduction in Chibok in April 2014, when greater than 200 ladies have been taken.
That introduced Boko Haram — whose title interprets from Hausa as “Western schooling is forbidden” — worldwide notoriety at a time when it managed swathes of territory in Nigeria´s northeast.
Boko Haram is more and more utilizing kidnapping as a way to fund their operations in Nigeria and the distant Lake Chad area.
The militant rebellion has claimed some 20,00zero lives and compelled at the least 2.6 million to flee their houses since 2009.