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Dapchi: Army hands over 106 girls

​The Nigerian Army on Wednesday formally handed 106 released girls from Boko Haram captivity to the Federal Government.

Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, presented the released girls to the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the 105 Air Force Composite Command, Maiduguri.

Nicholas explained that “104 of the girls were from the 110 abducted from Government Science and Technical School, Dapchi, released from the insurgents in the early hours of Wednesday.”

According to him, “the remaining six abducted schoolgirls were still unaccounted, two other abducted girls who were not part of the abducted students were rescued from the insurgents by troops.”

He said “that the rescued girls were brought from Dapchi to Maiduguri together with their parents and guardians.”

The girls’ handover was attended by Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau; Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar-Abba and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The released girls, alongside their parents and some aid workers boarded a Nigerian Air Force aircraft en route Abuja at about 18.50 p.m.

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