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Published: Tue, October 18, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

Nigerian parents eager to see 21 girls freed by Boko Haram


As negotiations for the expected next phase of the release of 83 Chibok girls begins this week, there were indications, last night, that the leadership of the Boko Haram sect might table two major conditions to be met by the Federal Government to seal the deal.

THISDAY had exclusively reported shortly after the 21 girls were released that their freedom was secured after after an undisclosed amount of money was paid to the Boko Haram leaders.

Tsambido Hosea Abana, the Chibok community leader in Abuja, said most parents arrived Sunday after driving hours over potholed roads, slowed by military checkpoints and the danger of attacks by the insurgents.

The parents came from around the remote northeastern town of Chibok, from which almost 300 girls were kidnapped in an April 2014 mass abduction that shocked the world.

The Nigerian Army has pledged to do its best to rescue the remaining Chibok girls being held captive by Boko Haram terrorists group operating in the North East.

- Only 83 will be negotiated for when the the Nigerian government resumes talks next week for their release, two sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations told CNN.

Muta Abana, the father of one of the released girls, has been living in Nasarawa state neighboring Abuja, expressed anxiety as numerous girls reportedly have been forced to marry Boko Haram fighters.

It was learnt that the lingering challenge in getting back all the girls arose from the fact that while some of them are with a faction loyal to Benawhi, the rest are being kept by the group loyal to Abubakar Shekau. God knows why it happened.

According to the source, "The truth is that those Chibok girls are now Boko Haram members, having married the sect members and become radicalised".

Continuing, Ndume said, "we hope government will rehabilitate these girls because the girls now need special attention because of the trauma they have gone through for close to one thousand days".

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