#Dapchi girls returns, sadly five dead, one remains in captivity
By Sewe Ishola,
The Federal Government has confirmed the return of 91 of the girls abducted from Dapchi, Yobe State.
One hundred and ten girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi.
It was reported earlier on Wednesday that 105 had been returned by the group. However, Presidential Aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, on his Twitter said that 91 of the girls have so far been documented.
Since the documentation of the girls is still ongoing, the number will likely continue to rise. He wrote:
“Re Dapchi Girls. Minister of Information and Culture says 91 released girls so far documented. Documentation of the released girls is ongoing, so numbers rising. They are also receiving medical attention. Follow
@NGRPresident for details as they emerge.”
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, had earlier confirmed the release of the girls. He said:
“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.”
Mohammed added that a ransom was not paid for the release of the girls, terming it as “unconditional,” and through “back-channel efforts” with the help of “some friends of the country.”
Sadly, it was reported that five of the girls has died and that one of the girls, the only Christian among them, one Liah Shaibu is till held captive.