The Nigerian presidency has confirmed that 21 of the abducted Chibok girls have been released by Boko Haram and are in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The confirmation was made in a State House statement signed by Mr. Garba Shehu, Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity. The statement explained that the Director-General of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, has briefed President Buhari on the matter.
"The release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The negotiations will continue," the statement said.
Saharareporters learnt the girls have been moved from Maiduguri to Abuja in a military jet.