More than three years after the abduction of 276 Chibok girls from their school by Boko Haram, about 80 more have reportedly regained their freedom.
According to reports, the girls are on their way to Borno State capital, Maiduguri.
Former Minister of Eductation, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, also a patron of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, has called on the government to issue a statement on the matter.
The BBOG said in a statement by its spokesperson, Sesugh Akume, that it had high hopes about the news.
“Our hopes and expectations are high as we look forward to this news being true and confirmed,” it said.
On its part, Amnesty International called for the protection of the girls’ privacy, in a statement by its Media Manager Isa Sanusi.
The statement quoted Amnesty International’s Nigeria Director, Osai Ojigho, as saying, “The release of 82 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls by the armed group Boko Haram is a big relief.
“However, it is vital now that they receive adequate physical and psychosocial counselling and support so that they can fully reintegrate in their communities.
“The government should also respect their privacy and ensure that the released girls are reunited with their families and not kept in lengthy detention and security screening which can only add to their suffering and plight.”
After months of negotiation with the insurgents, the Muhammadu Buhari Administration secured the release of 21 of the girls in October 2016. Earlier that year, one of the girls, Amina Ali, had been found.