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No ransom paid for 101 Dapchi girls released, Presidency says

22 March 2018

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Wednesday described the release of the abducted Dapchi school girls as a reassuring development and commended the Federal Government for the effort. So, in the early hours of today, they did return the girls and majority went to their parents homes. "They are now being asked to come and be documented at a center and as at five minutes ago, I was told 91 girls and boy had been documented".

"We assure Nigerians that the current administration remains committed to securing the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirl still held in captivity by Boko Haram and ultimately rehabilitate and reunite them with their families and loved ones".

They, however, tasked the government to secure the release of the remaining schoolgirls with the insurgents.

Boko Haram had abducted the girls on February 19.

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UN Secretary-General, António Guteres, has welcomed the release of most of the Dapchi schoolgirls abducted the by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

Boko Haram never explained why the girls were taken, but many Nigerians speculated that the goal was ransom.

He said the students were brought back in nine vehicles and dropped outside the school at about 8am by the insurgents.

"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.

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She added that while with their captors, they were not treated badly.

The speaker said intelligence gathering must be strengthened to prevent attacks before they occur. "I am very sad but I am also jubilating too because my daughter did not denounce Christ".

The abductions in Dapchi have evoked painful memories of the tragedy in Chibok, where 276 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school. Some girls were forced to marry their captors, and many had children fathered by the militants.

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No ransom paid for 101 Dapchi girls released, Presidency says