Boko Haram Returns Kidnapped Nigerian Girls with Warning, Witnesses Say

Iyayen yan matan dachi sunyi zanga-zanga a garin Abuja
A Group of Missing Dapchi Schoolgirls Have Been Returned Home
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22 March, 2018

The minister also stated, that no money was paid for the release of the girls, "The girls were released unconditionally, no money changed hands".

Villagers say Boko Haram jihadists said they returned the girls "out of pity".

Most of the other girls were taken to a hospital guarded by the military, witnesses said. "I saw about 50 of them but I haven't seen Aisha, my daughter. parents are rejoicing here, but we can see they have suffered".

"No ransom was paid to them to effect this release. She is the only one among us left behind".

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu told CNN that the released girls were being taken to safety.

"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", Mr Mohammed said.

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Wednesday described the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls as a reassuring development.

He said the students had been freed following "back channel efforts" by the Nigerian government.

Abdullahi said: "Immediately the insurgents dropped them from the truck that they were brought in around 8 a.m., the girls all ran home".

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But investigations by Sahara Reporters revealed that the federal government not only made ransom payment to the insurgents, it also exchanged some Boko Haram prisoners in return for the Dapchi girls.

Boko Haram is increasingly using kidnapping as a means to fund their operations in Nigeria and the remote Lake Chad region.

"They just told us on Saturday to get onto boats".

The Dapchi abduction has piled pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power in 2015 promising to crack down on Boko Haram's nine-year-old insurgency and could face the voters again next year. Some of the students headed to their homes in surrounding villages.

Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war during its almost nine-year insurgency which has claimed at least 20,000 lives and made more than two million others homeless.

The latest mass abduction is thought to have been carried out by a Boko Haram splinter group aligned with the Islamic State, one that has criticized the leader of the main Boko Haram organization for targeting civilians and has focused instead on military and Western targets.

But it came with a warning. The military claimed the report was not true. Some girls were forced to marry their captors, and many had children fathered by the militants.

"Our elation at the return of Dapchi girls must be subdued by the news of the death of some".


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