- The 82 released Chibok girls were airlifted from Baki in Borno state after their release
- The presidency confirmed that have arrived in Abuja
82 Chibok girls who were released by the dreaded Boko Haram group have arrived in Abuja where they are expected to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.
The girls were released on Saturday, May 6 by the terrorists after a lengthy negotiation that involved the release of two terrorists.
In a tweet by Femi Adesina who is the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, he confirmed that the girls have arrived Abuja and were received by Abba Kyari who is the president’s chief of staff.
“82 Chibok girls now in Abuja. Received on behalf of the President at the airport by Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari. Congrats Nigeria.”
According to Sahara Reporters, the girls were airlifted from Baki with military helicopters to Abuja.
The senior special assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement had said the release of the girls involved the DSS and other international collaborators.
He said: 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.