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150 Days Later: Boko Haram ‘Agrees To Release Some Chibok Girls’

According to reports, the Boko Haram sect has agreed to release some of the abducted girls on one condition

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A screenshot from a video showing some Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 play

A screenshot from a video showing some Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014

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The Nation Newspaper reports that Boko Haram has agreed to release some of the abducted 219 Chibok girls after a secret negotiation between a government delegation and a Boko Haram commander .

The leadership of the sect is said to have demanded the release of 18 of its key members in exchange for some of the schoolgirls.

However, there was reportedly an obstacle in the negotiation process as the government wanted all of the girls to be freed but the sect said it would free only 30.

One source reportedly told The Nation:

“Some top officials met with Umar (The Boko Haram commander)  about two weeks ago in Kuje Prison to discuss issues connected to the fate of the Chibok girls.

“We heard some inmates sharing this information that the sect might swap the girls with Umar and others. But all the details are still secret because Umar keeps to himself a lot.”

While another source said:

 “The delegation had a fruitful negotiation with Umar, who is one of the highly-rated commanders of Boko Haram. The group assured Umar of a swap and he has been looking forward to it.

“The sect has given a list of 18 of its members to be swapped with the abducted Chibok girls.”

The over 200 girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno on April 14, 2014, 150 days ago.

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