Dapchi schoolgirls home but recalled profiling, medicals

Defence minister says abducted Dapchi girls will be freed soon

"The directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to all security agencies to do everything possible to secure the release of the Dapchi schoolgirls, who were abducted 19 February 2018, has yielded fruits, with the confirmed release of 76 of the 110 abducted students in the early hours of Wednesday", the minister told State House Correspondents.

Some of the 110 schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Dapchi last month were brought back on Wednesday, two witnesses said.

Fatima Gremah, 13, who was among those released, earlier told reporters: "Boko Haram said we were lucky we were young and also Muslims". Defeated, frustrated, bankrupt and hungry, Boko Haram is looking for ways of embarrassing FG, sourcing for food and ransom money.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered four ministers to proceed to Dapchi in Yobe for an update on the release of the female students abducted in February. Another townsmen said the militants told them the girls were set free "out of pity", leaving the community with a clear warning to never let them return to school. Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language.

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He added that efforts are now being made to document all the girls, adding that at the moment, 76 of them have been documented while "there are still more".

"And don't ever put your daughters in school again", they warned.

The extraordinary development brought elation to most of the families, but more heartache for the relatives of the nine girls still unaccounted for.

The mass abduction and the government response brought back painful memories of the 2014 attack on a boarding school in Chibok.

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His mother Christine was in the vehicle at the time and the pair is thought to have been heading home after walking the dogs. The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the scene at 3.59pm, with ambulance and fire brigade also attending.

In a phone conversation with a man named Modu Geidam, for whom Fatsuma's father does security work, she said the girls were kept in an "underground place where even aircraft" couldn't spot them.

NAN reports that the girls went home but were recalled to the hospital for profiling and medical check-up.

A second resident, Kachallah Musa, says the militants later left without any confrontation.

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