Nigerian president’s spokesman Garba Shehu tweeted Thursday the government is in talks with the Boko Haram Islamic terror group for the release of Chibok girls.
The group ravaged a girls boarding school in Chibok in 2014 and kidnapped around 270 teenaged girls. Meanwhile, some of the girls were released in recent past and lately media reports said the release was by the group.
The latest tweet of Shehu is in response to the media reports saying, “To my friends spreading the news of a further release of Chibok Girls, we are not there yet.”
Chibok is in Borno state of Nigeria and insurgency of Boko Haram is common here. The group aims creating an Islamic state. In its seven years of insurgency more than 15,000 people were killed and over two million Nigerians have been displaced.
In the initial melee dozens of the girls managed escaping, but more than 200 girls went missing. On October this year 21 girls were freed after mediation by the International Red Cross and Switzerland.
Apart from the Chibok girls, the group has also kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children in their insurgencies.
Boko Haram was founded in 2002 and gained control of parts of northeastern Nigeria in 2009.
A statement released by Nigerian military recently reveals they have rescued more than 1,800 people from Sambisa forest during their operation against Boko Haram.