Dapchi girls: One-week ceasefire declared to secure release - FG

Buhari assures Dapchi schoolgirls of security

President Muhammadu Buhari's government has previously said it was willing to hold talks with the group but has given no details. Six of the girls were not freed of which five are believed to have died, while a last one, Leah Sharibu, is still with the insurgents.

The 105 schoolgirls arrived Dapchi at about 2:30 p.m. after leaving Abuja on Sunday morning.

Amnesty International said this week that the military and police had failed to act on warnings about the Boko Haram attack on Dapchi hours before the mass abduction of the schoolgirls.

Many residents fled the town on Saturday after they heard that Boko Haram was returning with Sharibu.

"The insurgents brought the girls back to the location of the kidnapping themselves as an apparent gesture of goodwill".

President Buhari said the kidnap was as a major disaster in the country.

The kidnapping of the girls aged 11-19, was the biggest mass abduction since Boko Haram took more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014 - a case that triggered worldwide outrage.

Some of the Dapchi schoolgirls immediately after their release in Jumbam village, Yobe state, Nigeria.

Their kidnapping in the town of Dapchi hit Buhari politically by undermining his claims a year before an election to have ended Boko Haram's almost decade-long insurgency. "Unknown to many, we have been in wider cessation-of-hostility talks with the insurgents for some time now", said Mohammed. "This strategy paid off as the girls have been released without any incidents", the President added. The same process had earlier secured the release of two batches of Chibok girls in 2016 as well as the abducted University of Maiduguri oil explorers. It was not military action that freed the girls but secret negotiations mediated by local and worldwide mediators, though military pressure on Boko Haram must have played a role too.

"I'm very, very happy about my daughter the way she behaved and did not accept to be a Muslim as the only Christian girl" among the 110 girls in Boko Haram captivity, Sharibu said.

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