82 freed schoolgirls to meet Nigerian president

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The statement read: "The President is pleased announce that negotiations to release more of the Chibok Girls have born fruit with the release of 82 more Girls today".

The government minister confirmed the release of the girls on the condition of anonymity.

The government freed five top Boko Haram commanders in the deal, said Sen. But they said previous releases had given them strength. "We would marry them out at the age of 12". Some relatives never lived to see their daughters' freed.

Reports stated that numerous captive girls were forced to marry their captors and gave birth to children in the remote forest hideouts where they were kept.

But the groundswell eventually waned and the Associated Press reports, numerous girls were forced into marriages with their captors and others were feared to have been forced into suicide bombing missions.

Chibok school girls recently freed from Boko Haram captivity are seen in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

The Bring Back Our Girls campaign said it was happy that Nigeria's government had committed to rescuing the 113 remaining schoolgirls.

According to him, the president will be receiving the rescued girls in Abuja on Sunday.

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The newly released girls arrived at the Abuja airport and were met by the Buhari's chief of staff, presidential adviser Femi Adesina said.

The girls were part of a mass abduction by Boko Haram extremists three years ago. Many girls have also reportedly been taken as wives of Boko Haram terrorists. On Friday, Britain and the United States issued a security alert warning of a Boko Haram plot to kidnap foreigners in the Banki area, which led to the suspension of aid flights to the town on Saturday.

Boko Haram fighters stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok on the evening of 14 April, 2014 and kidnapped 276 girls.

Before Saturday, more than 80, including 21 whose release was negotiated in October 2016, were free.

Nigeria's northeastern region has been a Boko Haram stronghold.

Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of other people during its eight-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in north-eastern Nigeria.

The Senate President reassured that the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly, would continue to do everything within its power to augment the efforts of the executive and our global partners in securing the release of more girls and ending the Book Haram menace once and for all.

Information for this article was contributed by Haruna Umar, Krista Larson, Bashir Adigun and Hilary Uguru of The Associated Press; and by Dionne Searcey and Ibrahim Sawab of The New York Times.

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