Freed Dapchi Girls Set To Meet President Buhari

Phillip Cunningham
March 27, 2018

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Boko Haram Islamic extremists brought back almost all of the 110 girls they had kidnapped from a boarding school last month, dropping them off in the middle of the night Wednesday with a warning: "Don't ever put your daughters in school again".

Even for the Chibok girls who were released, some have returned home with "Boko" babies and have faced social stigma in their own communities even though they were kidnapped and raped by one of the world's worst terror groups.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Wednesday, March 21, formally handed over 106 abductees to the federal government.

- Boko Haram fighters abducted the girls from Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi town, Yobe State on February 19.

"As they ordered the girls to alight from the vehicles, they gathered them in one place and held the brief preaching session", the source said.

Buhari said that in future schools would have better protection. "I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents".

Mr Lai Mohammed said the girls were taken to hospital in Dapchi, and they would be quarantined and offered psychological counselling before going back to school.

Eighty-two of the girls were freed in a swap past year.

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday at the State House in Abuja received the freed Dapchi schoolgirls and expressed readiness to accept an unconditional surrender of arms by Boko Haram members.


The head of a group set up for the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls, Bashir Manzo, also confirmed her release.

"As of 3pm, we heard that they were 20 kilometres from Dapchi", a resident who does not want his identity revealed, said.

"The girls were released unconditionally, no money changed hands".

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, had said that nearly all the freed Dapchi schoolgirls had one skin infection or the other for norlt bathing for one month.

"They gave her the option of converting in order to be released but she said she will never become a Muslim..."

He said the recent release of the police officers' wives and the University of Maiduguri lecturers earlier captured by the insurgents were part of the broader talks. Four of the abducted had broken limbs and all of them had skin infections of some kind, he said.

He reiterated his claim that no money was paid for the release of the Dapchi schoolgirls, adding that a total of 111 students were captured and two others, including a boy selling sachet water in the school and another primary schoolgirl.

"Today we mourn the death of five of our daughters after they were abducted by Boko Haram while pursuing their education in a public school".

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