We Have Records Of 101 Dapchi Girls Released – Lai Mohammed



    The number of the Dapchi schoolgirls who were released on Wednesday
    has increased from 76 to 101, with the documentation of more of the
    freed girls by the security agencies, the Minister of Information and
    Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said.

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

    He said the release of the schoolgirls is the outcome of the directive
    by President Muhammadu Buhari to all security agencies to do
    everything possible to secure the release of the 110 Dapchi
    schoolgirls, who were abducted 19 Feb. 2018.

    The Minister said the girls were released around 3 a.m. through
    back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country,
    and that it was unconditional.

    ”For the release to work, 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.

    ”Within the period when the girls were being brought back,
    operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage
    and also that lives were not lost,” he said.

    Meanwhile, a Federal Government Delegation comprising Ministers of
    Information and Culture; Interior as well as Minister of State for
    Foreign Affairs
    are on their way to Maiduguri to meet with the freed girls.

    Segun Adeyemi
    SA To Hon Minister of Information and Culture


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