Chibok Girls ‘More girls will be exchanged for terrorists soon,’ Aisha Alhassan says

Alhassan also said that the 82 girls recently freed by the terrorists are being treated and cared for in Abuja.

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (centre) met the 82 rescued Chibok girls after their release in a prisoner swap deal play

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (centre) met the 82 rescued Chibok girls after their release in a prisoner swap deal

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More Chibok girls will be released soon in an ongoing exchange deal with Boko Haram, Women Affairs Minister, Aisha Alhassan says.

Alhassan also said that the 82 girls recently freed by the terrorists are being treated and cared for in Abuja.

She disclosed this on Thursday, May 11, while speaking to journalists in Abuja.

“Negotiations are ongoing to exchange the remaining girls with Boko Haram detainees.  We can’t afford to keep them any longer,” she said according to The Nation.

“Most of them were having nightmares some days after they were released. We need to keep them away from the media for some time to avoid some questions that they might be asking them, we are not keeping or hiding them.

“We are not shielding the girls from their parents. The parents of the recently released 82 girls have already been contacted and they will be in Abuja any moment from now. Most of them live in villages very far from Chibok, so it will take some time before they can get to Abuja," she added.

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Alhassan also revealed that the 21 girls who were released by Boko Haram in October 2016 will return to school in September 2017.

The girls are among more than 200 who were abducted by the terrorists from Chibok, Borno state in April 2014.

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