The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja released the names of freed Chibok school girls.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, released the names of the affected girls in his twitter handle.

The names of the girls are:

Mary Usman Bulama
Jummai John
Blessing Abana
Luggwa Sanda
Comfort Habiba
Maryam Basheer
Comfort Amos
Glory Mainta
Saratu Emmanuel
Deborah Ja’afaru
Rahab Ibrahim
Helin Musa
Maryamu Lawan
Asabe Goni
Deborah Andrawus
Agnes Gapani
Saratu Markus
Glory Dama
Pindah Nuhu
Rebecca Mallam.

Shehu, who had earlier announced the release of the girls, said their release was the outcome of negotiations between the Federal Government and the sect.

He said the negotiations were brokered by the International Red Cross, Red Crescent Movement and the Swiss Government, adding that the negotiations would continue.

The Director-General of Department of State Service, Alhaji Lawal Daura handed over the freed girls to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the DSS Medical Centre, Abuja.

Addressing State House correspondents after addressing the girls, the Vice-President dismissed online media report that the freed girls were swapped with four Boko Haram commanders.

He assured that government would ensure speedy release of the remaining girls in captivity.

President Muhammadu Buhari had solicited the assistance of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in negotiations with Boko Haram for the release of the girls.

In May, one of the more than 200 girls kidnapped from their school dormitory on April 14, 2014, escaped from their captors with her baby.

Meanwhile, the freed girls have been promised scholarship, full medicals and employment. This was disclosed by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, when he visited the 21 girls at a medical facility of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja. A statement by Laolu Akande, his Special Adviser on Media, quoted the vice-president as saying the government would take care of the welfare of the girls.

“We are also going to see to it that everything that you require going forward, perhaps your education, those who need to go back to school, those who need to find employment; we are going to make sure that we make all the provisions for you.”



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