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Why Boko Haram freed 82 abducted Chibok girls

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A special deal between the Nigerian Government and Boko Haram has led to the release of 82 Chibok girls who were kidnapped by the BH group about three years ago. In the deal which involves prisoners swap with Boko Haram, it is not yet clear how many prisoners were released in exchange for the 82 Chibok girls.

The newly freed girls are said to have arrived the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and would be meeting with the Nigerian President shortly. This was disclosed on Twitter by Mr. Femi Adesina who is the adviser to the President on Media and Publicity issues. In his Twitter handle, he wrote:

“82 Chibok girls now in Abuja. Received on behalf of the President at the airport by Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari. Congrats Nigeria.”

Late last year, 21 of the 276 abducted Chibok girls were released. However, 113 Chibok girls are still missing.

Why Boko Haram freed 82 abducted Chibok girls

Some freed Chibok girls boarding a military chopper