#DapchiGirls: How Buhari ensured release of schoolgirls through ‘back-channel’ – Lai Mohammed
Nearly all of the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants in the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says.
The Federal Government on Wednesday revealed the role President Muhammadu Buhari played in the release of the abducted schoolgirls from the Government Girls Science School in Dapchi, Yobi State.
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) March 21, 2018
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the “directive by the President to all security agencies to do everything possible to secure the release of the girls” abducted on February 19, 2018, “yielded fruits in the early hours of Wednesday.”
He said the girls were, “released around 3am through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country, and that it was unconditional.
”Within the period when the girls were being brought back, operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage and also that lives were not lost,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
104 Dapchi schoolgirls freed – FG
UPDATE 2: 104 DAPCHI GIRLS, 2 OTHERS FREED UNCONDITIONALLY
A total of 106 abducted persons,
comprising 104 Daphi schoolgirls, one other girl and a boy were freed
by insurgents in the early hours of today, Wednesday March 21, 2018.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) March 21, 2018
The BBC’s Tomi Oladipo says the government is likely to have given something in return for the girls’ release.
But Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told Reuters that “no ransom was paid”.
Mr Lai Mohammed said the girls were taken to hospital in Dapchi, and they would be quarantined and offered psychological counselling before going back to school.
However, one parent told the BBC the extremists had warned them not to send their daughters back to school, or they would be kidnapped again.