Sunday, May 7, 2017 12:12 pm
The 82 Chibok girls freed by Boko Haram on Saturday are now in Abuja.
The girls, who were flown in from Borno State were received on behalf of the President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Sunday morning by Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari, Femi Adesina, spokesperson to the President said on his twitter account.
The girls are scheduled to meet with President Buhari later Sunday.
The Presidency had late yesterday confirmed that negotiations to release more of the #ChibokGirls have yielded results.
The presidency, in a statement signed by President Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu said, “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.