REVEALED: How FG Swapped 4 Detained Boko Haram Commanders For 21 Chibok Girls

By Ikenga Chronicles October 13, 2016

REVEALED: How FG Swapped 4 Detained Boko Haram Commanders For 21 Chibok Girls

Report has emerged on Thursday, October 13 on how President Muhammadu Buhari shockingly swapped detained leaders of the Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram for 21 Chibok Girls.

Recall that presidency confirmed that 21 of the over 200 Chibok Girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram have been rescued.

The freed girls, the first to be released as a result of government action, are in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, Nigeria’s secret intelligence agency, according to presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

Meanwhile their release was negotiated between the government and Boko Haram in talks brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government, he said.

He added: “Negotiations will continue for the release of the other students.’’

A highly placed source in the military revealed that said four detained Boko Haram leaders were released Wednesday night in Banki, a town on the northeast border with Cameroon paving way for the immediate release of the Chibok Girls.

The officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press on the matter said:

“The girls were flown by helicopter to Maiduguri, the northeastern capital of Borno state and birthplace of Boko Haram.”

“We are extremely delighted and grateful,” the Bring Back Our Girls movement said on Facebook. The group, which has campaigned within Nigeria and internationally for the release of the students, said it awaits the names of the released girls.’’

Professor Hauwa Biu, a woman activist in Maiduguri added; “We thank the federal government and, like Oliver Twist, we ask for more.”

Recall that negotiations last year failed when Boko Haram demanded a ransom of $5.2 billion for the girls’ freedom, according to a recently published authorized biography of Buhari by American historian John Paden. It was not clear if any money changed hands in this swap.

The abduction of 276 schoolgirls in April 2014 and the government’s failure to quickly free them has caused international outrage and brought Boko Haram– Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist group– to the world’s attention. Dozens of the girls escaped on their own, but most remain missing.

In May, one of the girls, Amina Ali Nkeki, escaped on her own. Shortly after her escape, Nkeki told her family that some of the kidnapped girls died of illness and that others, like her, have been married to fighters and are pregnant or already have babies.

Since then Nkeki has been in the custody of the secret service where she is receiving medical care and trauma counseling, according to the government.

Buhari’s government has been criticized for keeping her isolated. The Bring Back Our Girls group and Human Rights Watch have asked whether Nkeki is now a detainee of the government.

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