Almost all of the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says.
Boko Haram insurgents abducted over 100 girls from their school in the town located in the northeastern Yobe State a month ago.
He explained that the government entered into negotiations exclusively to make sure that no single girl was hurt, noting that this strategy paid off as the girls were released without any incident.
On the approach taken to secure the girls' release, he said: "We reached out to our contacts at home and overseas, we embarked on backchannel shuttles with a clear view to bringing to an end this tragedy".
"They told me five of the girls died and my daughter, who was among them, was the first to die", the AP quoted Garba.
Through a press statement, he vowed to rescue Leah Sharibu and said he is fully aware of his duty to protect all Nigerians regardless of their religious affiliation.More news: China targets pork, apples, steel, more for possible tariff retaliation
Sharibu said his daughter, according to information at his disposal, was told to embrace Islam to regain her freedom but she refused.
Ologbondiyan said Nigerians would not forgive the APC and the presidency for the torments inflicted on the girls, their parents and the human community worldwide just to score a cheap political point.
"There's one of the girls that wasn't freed because she is a Christian, she was held back", Khadija said.
You will recall that on 14th of this month, I paid a visit to Yobe State during which I sympathized with the parents, families, Government and people of the State on the tragic abduction of the students in Dapchi.
The minister said the girls were taken to hospital in Dapchi, and they would be quarantined and offered psychological counselling before going back to school.
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"With great relief that we learnt about the release of the majority of the abducted Dapchi girls in Nigeria".
"Dapchi is full of joy, ' said Mohammed Mdada, who saw the girls being taken, according to the Guardian".
When asked about the boy among those released, Mohammed said: "I can tell you that is authentic". What Boko Haram is saying is not possible for us to follow.
The Nigerian military called the Amnesty report an "outright falsehood", the AP reported.
Since its 2009 insurgency, Boko Haram an extremist group that has vowed to establish an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria's northeast, has terrorized the region, kidnapping thousands of people: men, women, boys and girls alike. The girls were released "through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country, and it was unconditional". Sahara TV posted the video January 15, saying it was obtained from journalist Ahmad Salkida who specializes in reporting on terrorist activity occurring where the girls were first taken.More news: Edgewood Management LLC Increases Holding in Celgene Corp (CELG)