The Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram today returned 105 girls kidnapped from a high school compound in Dapchi a few weeks ago.
It was reported that the militant group came with the girls in 9 vehicles same way they took them away.
According to reports, there was confusion in the area as members of the community scampered into the bush as the terror group appeared in the area, first dropping off one the girls in a nearby village and then driving into the center of Dapchi town to drop off the rest of the girls.
Five of the girls are dead according to the source. It is not clear if the Nigerian government paid any ransom to get the girls released.
Just some few weeks ago, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, gave the assurance that the abducted school girls will soon be released. He made the statement during an interview on Dateline Abuja, a Channels Television’s
“It can be earlier; maybe 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”.
“We have dispatched all the surveillance devices we have in terms of air, human resource, intelligence, and other forces that needed to be in place by all possible means and we have made sure that all that’s needed is being done to see that these girls are being found, wherever they are.”
Dan-Ali was also confident that the girls would return in the shortest time owing to the intelligence at the government’s disposal, though he could not say the exact time when this would be.
A faction of Boko Haram was believed to have kidnapped students of Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State on February 19.
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