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Thursday, 13 October 2016

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Breaking News» Names of 21 Chibok School Girls Released

The Nigerian government has released the names of 21 Chibok school girls released by Boko Haram on Thursday, October 13. It was gathered that the girls were released after a deal carried out by the Nigerian Department of State Security (DSS) and supported by the Swiss government with the Boko Haram insurgents. However, the federal government denied claims that the release of the21 Chibok girls was a swap for some terrorists. Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, released the names late Thursday after the girls met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Here are the names made available by the government:

1. Mary Usman Bulama
2. Jummai John
3. Blessing Abana

4. Lugwa Sanda
5. Comfort Habila
6. Maryam Basheer
7. Comfort Amos
8. Glory Mainta
9. Saratu Emannuel
10. Deborah Ja’afaru
11. Rahab Ibrahim
12. Helen Musa

13. Maryamu Lawan
14. Rebecca Ibrahim
15. Asabe Goni
16. Deborah Andrawus
17. Agnes Gapani
18. Saratu Markus
19. Glory Dama
20. Pindah Nuhu
21. Rebecca Mallam

According to Osinbajo, the girls are currently receiving medical care at a DSS facility located near the Nnamdi AzikiweInternational Airport in Abuja, as one of the girls was carrying a child. The Vice president said this in an interview with State House reporters after visiting with the freed girls at the medical centre of the DSS located at the Airport Road, Abuja.

The vice president also confirmed that the 21 freed girls were in good health, but that they were being taken care of in the medical facility of the DSS. He stated that the girls would stay at the medical centre for some time until the government was satisfied that they were okay health-wise, adding that the girls’ parents would be coming to join them on Friday, October 14. On April 14, 2014, over 260 girls were abducted from their hostels at Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state.

 But more than 50 managed to escape on the day they were captured. One of the abducted girls, Aminat Ali Nkeki was rescued in May 2016 during a raid on Sambisa forest by the military.