Dapchi schoolgirls released by Boko Haram insurgents - Minister

Defence minister says abducted Dapchi girls will be freed soon

Defence minister says abducted Dapchi girls will be freed soon

Photos of some of the Dapchi schoolgirls released by the Boko Haram group following interventions by the federal government have emerged.

The Secretary-General, in a statement issued in NY, called on the Federal Government to bring the abductors of the schoolgirls to justice.

"Nigeria prefers to have schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Dapchi back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather than a military option", the presidency said after a meeting with the then USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who has since been sacked. He says they are now documenting the girls.

Nigerian military has Wednesday, deployed helicopters to Dapchi community, where Boko Haram insurgents returned the 76 schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister said the number could still increase, as the documentation of the freed girls is ongoing.

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Aisha Alhaji Deri, a 16-year-old student who was among those kidnapped in Dapchi, told reporters they were not mistreated during their time in captivity.

Atiku called for a more permanent solution to the problem of kidnapping of girls from schools.

Mohammed said in a statement today that "the government had a clear understanding that violence and confrontation would not be the way out as it could endanger the lives of the girls, hence a non-violent approach was the preferred option".

The girls were meeting with counselors at a nearby hospital, and "will be quarantined and be counseled before they go back to their schools", he added. The kidnappers left the girls in the center of town along with a warning to never "put your daughters in school again". Whether they pick the boy or not I can't hazard any guess but don't forget even in a girl school, which is a boarding school there will be parents, they are teachers who can have children amongst them.

Many of the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted from their village a month ago have just been released back to their families.

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