Chibok girls: FG slams PDP over comments

Chibok girls: FG slams PDP over comments

Girls who escaped early on said some of their classmates had died from illness.

MUST WATCH Report from last month: Chibok girls still missing three years later02:51 276 girls were kidnapped three years ago The girls, ages 16 to 18, are believed to be among 276 forced from their beds by Boko Haram militants in the middle of the night in April 2014.

Human rights groups have criticized the decision to keep the girls in custody in Abuja, about 560 miles from Chibok.

The return of the 82 girls on Saturday marked the second group release of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram - with both deals brokered by Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross - after 21 young women were released in October. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to reporters on the matter.

Neither the Nigerian president nor Boko Haram, which has links to the Islamic State extremist group, gave details on the exchange.

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The office of Nigeria's president says Muhammadu Buhari is now leaving for London for a medical checkup as fears continue over the state of his health. Its insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and driven 2.6 million from their homes, with millions facing starvation.

"As Boko Haram has seized thousands of captives in less than a decade, more attention should be paid to victims of less-publicised mass abductions by the extremist group", concluded the paper.

None of the 21 girls who were released in October have been able to move back home, and almost seven months later they are still being held on a military re-integration programme.

Rep. Asabe Bashir, lawmaker (APC Damboa/Gwoza/Chibok Federal Constituency of Borno) in the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to ensure the speedy release of the remaining Chibok girls.

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"Equally, we are very concerned about the safe return of the girls to their families at the earliest possible time, and will continue to disagree that negotiating with the terrorists is the right approach to achieving the objective". Others did not want to come home either because they'd been radicalized by their captors.

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Sister Charlotte Greer, a Palmdale, Calif., native who moved to Egypt to serve as principal of St. He also spoke to Egyptian authorities later on the same day.

Parents anxiously scanned the list to see if their daughters were among those who were released three years after their capture.

"No human being should go through this kind of ordeal".

Nigeria's government rebuffed criticism by a faction of the former ruling party that it should not have made an exchange for the girls' release, along with other criticism that it waited too long to take such action.

But the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, later explained that apart from lack of space, the restriction was also to control "the narrative".

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