Army Arrests Top Boko Haram Member In Borno

Before his departure, Information minister, Lai Mohammed said the girls were released unconditionally.

"They said that three girls fell (out of the trucks) and into the river on their way to (the) Sambisa (forest hideout of Boko Haram)".

"Boko Haram shook hands with the parents and apologised for abducting them", Mdada said.

The ACF also commended the military and other security agencies for their professionalism in collaboration with other worldwide humanitarian organizations on the release of the girls.

The directive he said, "Has yielded fruits, with the confirmed release of 76 of the 110 abducted students in the early hours of Wednesday". As we await further confirmation, five girls have reportedly died. "So in the early hours of today, they did return the girls and majority went to their parents homes".

Of the original 300 kidnapped girls, about 200 were released after the government paid hefty ransoms.

Hafsat Abdullahi, whose 16-year-old sister Fatima had been taken away by the militant group, said they were dropped back in Dapchi.

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Buhari had said the government would bring back the girls through negotiation and not by force.

Amharic M-grah, a father whose daughters were among the 110 abducted students, told The Cable that his children were brought back on Wednesday morning, March 21. What I can assure you is that Mr president has kept his promise. "They stopped to take pictures with our youth".

The Islamist group has killed at least 20,000 people, uprooted more than 2.7 million and sparked one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, according to aid agencies.

"Furthermore, it remains absolutely vital that the Nigerian government investigates the security failures that led to the abduction - a fact highlighted by the tragic news that five of the schoolgirls died in captivity".

An Amnesty International report released Tuesday accused the Nigerian military of failing to listen to multiple warnings of an imminent attack. The military has called the report an "outright falsehood".

"We are grateful for the efforts of all parties in ensuring safe return of the girls to their families".

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