82 CHIBOK GIRLS FREED: AS ONE OF THE GIRLS IS ALLEGEDLY CARRYING A BABY
Some of the released Chibok girls pictured as they walk the girls onto a helicopter departing Borno State.
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Nigeria: Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls have been released after negotiations between the terrorist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government, the President's office said.
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.
It is reported that they are among the 276 girls, ages 16 to 18, forced from their beds by Boko Haram militants in the middle of the night in April 2014.
The kidnapping from a boarding school in the town of Chibok sparked global outrage and the social media movement #BringBackOurGirls.
"I am very, very excited with this development. I cannot even sleep tonight," said Yana Galang, whose daughter, Rifkatu, was among the girls kidnapped.
Galang said they don't yet know who has been released, "but we're very happy that many have been freed."
"I hope and pray that my daughter is among these released girls," she added.
Some Boko Haram suspects being held by the government were released as part of the negotiations, President Muhammadu Buhari's office said Saturday.
"The President has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the #ChibokGirls, and all other Boko Haram captives," Buhari's office said in a statement.
Buhari will meet with the girls in Abuja on Sunday, his office said.
The International Committee of the Red Cross tweeted, "Acting as a neutral intermediary, we @ICRC transported 82 #ChibokGirls to the government of #Nigeria" and included a photo of six Red Cross SUVs on a dirt road.
The Red Cross also tweeted a photo of some of the girls walking onto a helicopter departing Borno State.