• They are being taken to their various homes now, says Garba Shehu
The 110 Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state on 19 February, have been recovered.
Reports said the girls are being transported home, from where they were found.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu has confirmed the report. But information is at the moment sketchy.
One report said the Boko Haram insurgents returned the girls themselves early on Wednesday.
Mohammed Mamman, The NAN correspondent in Damaturu, capital of Yobe State said he is on the way to Dapchi to confirm the release of the girls.
Abdullahi Bego, spokesman of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam is yet to issue a statement as at 9am, perhaps exercising caution after he falsely said the girls were recovered hours after they were captured on 19 February.
When President Muhammadu Buhari visited Damaturu and Dapchi on 14 March, he promised that his government would do everything possible to rescue the girls.
“On the 19th of February 2018, we woke up to the painful news of the abduction of 110 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi. Since this ugly incident happened, I have not left any stone unturned in making sure that the girls are rescued”, he said.
“I have ordered the service chiefs and the inspector-general of police to take direct charge and brief me on a daily basis on the effort to bring back the girls. Within four days of the incident, the minister of information visited Dapchi and the next day, the minister of interior, who was accompanied by the minister of information, re-visited the school for on-the-spot assessment.
“I have ordered the re-strengthening of a joint operational base involving relevant agencies and services to coordinate the rescue mission.
“Consequently, the service commanders have not only established a unified command center in Maiduguri, the military has raised several rescue teams to comb the forests in the Northeast theatre of operations. In addition, the Nigerian airforce has maintained aerial surveillance of the area.
It is true that 105 of the 110 abducted schoolgirls in Dapchi have been released.
They girls are being transported to their homes, Presidential Aide Shebu Garba confirmed on Wednesday.
The release of the girls came barely a week after Defence Minister Dan Alli promised that the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls would be released.
They were abducted by a faction of Boko Haram fighters at the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe state on Feb. 19.
Cable news, had early on Wednesday reported that Boko Haram insurgents released the girls.
Amharic M-grah, a Dapchi resident, whose daughters were among the 110 abducted students, told TheCable that his children were brought back on Wednesday morning.
“The report is true. I have seen my two daughters who were kidnapped last month,” he said.
Another resident said there is confusion in the town as many people are running out of fear.
“Boko Haram just returned the kidnapped girls this morning. They brought them back in the same set of vehicles which they used in conveying them last month,” the resident said.
“People are scared because they do not know what the insurgents are up to.”
A source said five of the girls died in captivity but TheCable cannot verify this claim.
Another online newspaper, Saharareporter, said “Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram today returned 105 girls kidnapped from a high school compound in Dapchi a few weeks ago’’.
Sources also Saharareporter that the militant group came with the girls in 9 vehicles same way they took them away.