82 freed Chibok girls were swapped for Boko Haram commanders

82 freed Chibok girls were swapped for Boko Haram commanders

President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the release of 82 more of the Chibok school girls after lengthy negotiations with the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, presidential media aide Garba Shehu, said in a statement in the early hours of Sunday.

He added that the girls were released in exchange for some terrorism suspects .

Here is the full statement below:


President Muhammadu Buhari is pleased to announce that negotiations to release more of the #ChibokGirls have yielded results.

Today, 82 more #ChibokGirls were released.

After lengthy negotiations,our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.

The released #ChibokGirls are due to arrive in Abuja tomorrow Sunday May 7, and will be received by the President.

President Muhammadu Buhari expresses his deep gratitude to all who played a part in ensuring the success of this operation, as follows: Security agencies, the military, the Government of Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and local and international NGOs.

The President has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the #ChibokGirls, and all other Boko Haram captives.

The President has received detailed briefings from the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) at every stage of the negotiations/operation.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President — Media and Publicity
May 6, 2017