The State House, Abuja has officially confirmed the release of 21of the missing Chibok Girls, even as unconfirmed reports are indicating that 18 of the girls are nursing mothers. Reports also have it that the girls where only released after government also handed over four Boko Haram fighters to the militant group. In a statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, on Media and Publicity, Aso Rock also said that the released girls are in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The Director-General of the DSS, Malam Lawal Daura has just briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter. The statement further pointed out that the release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The negotiations will continue. More than 200 girls were kidnapped from Chibok Secondary School on the night of April 14, 2014 by the militant group in one of their most notorious and daring actions.