Presidency Confirms Release of Dapchi Schoolgirls

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The Presidency on Wednesday confirmed the release of the abducted students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.

Reports says the girls were returned to Dapchi in 9 vehicles same way they took them away over a month ago.

It is not clear if the federal government paid any ransom to get the girls released.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed their release while speaking with Punch Newspaper.

The presidential aide, who promised to give further details on the development later says, “Yes, the girls are being transported to safety. We will give details later. We thank God.

The schoolgirls were abducted by a faction of Boko Haram fighters at the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe state on February 19.

Their release came barely a few days after Defence Minister Dan Alli promised that the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls would be rescued.

”We will ensure that whatever means to rescue these girls will be done to get the girls…

”This type of issue has no timeline. Even if it has, we can only give it (timeline) to the forces, i.e. by these means we want you to give us an output of what you’ve been doing, but for this kind of issues you cannot say by this time you must bring them by so (and) so date’’.

He adds: ”It can be earlier, may be a week, it can be two weeks, but we are on it, and I’m telling you with all sense of sincerity that we are closing in on them’’.

The girls’ release came one week after President Muhammadu Buhari visited the school where they were kidnapped.

Buhari had during the visit last Wednesday reassured parents of the abducted schoolgirls that the Federal Government will not rest on its oars, until their wards are safely brought back home.

Mr. Buhari also says the Federal Government has chosen negotiation, rather than military option to secure the release of Dapchi schoolgirls and the remaining Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

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