Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted by Boko Haram Three Years Ago Have Been Freed

But 113 remain unaccounted for, with most presumably still in the hands of their kidnappers - though Boko Haram says some have been killed in air strikes by the Nigerian military.

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's presidency released the names of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists which parents anxiously scoured to see if their daughters were released three years after their capture.

The extended trip prompted wild speculation in Nigeria about the state of Buhari's health-or even whether he had died-but the president's team has remained tight-lipped about the nature of his illness. Others did not want to come home either because they'd been radicalized by their captors.

Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, which helped the first group of students, said she hoped the girls would be able to see their families during the rehabilitation process. Many of them could find their ways back to the terrorists camps from where they could unleash terror against the country.

Buhari tweeted photos of the freed captives and said, "This evening I received 82 of our daughters, who have just regained their freedom after three years in Boko Haram captivity". The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to reporters on the matter.

President Buhari has not hidden his willingness to "bend over backwards" to secure the release of the girls.

They were escorted to the reception in the capital Abuja by armed soldiers, after a check-up at a medical centre.

Boko Haram remains active in the area, despite claims by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that the jihadists had been crushed and driven from their last forest hideout.

The statement credits the Government of Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross, among other N.G.Os, with helping negotiate the girls' release.

Over 80 Chibok girls are still believed to be with the Boko Haram.

Femi Adesina, said the President promised that all that was expected to be done to rehabilitate the girls into the society would be done.

With the release of the 82 girls, the fate of an additional 113 who remain in captivity remains uncertain.

"It is time for them to be reunited with their families".

Dozens of Chibok schoolgirls being kept captive by Islamist militants, were set free on Saturday after years of tense negotiations.

The girls were among a group of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the armed group Boko Haram, which has waged an eight-year insurgency against the Nigerian government.

President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement that he will receive the released schoolgirls in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

Abuja: In this file image taken from video by Nigeria's Islamic extremist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok.



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