Boko Haram frees 101 Dapchi school girls, retains one

The Presidency has confirmed the release of 101 girls out of the 110 abducted from Government Girls Technical and Science College, Dapchi in Yobe State by Boko Haram.

Information and culture minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known in a message sent to the State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Two other ministers, Foreign Affairs  Minister of State, Abba Ibrahim and Interior Affairs Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, were immediately dispatched by President Muhammadu Buhari to Dapchi for an update on the issue.

Earlier in the day, the minister had told the State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, that 91 of the abducted girls had been confirmed released so far.

Meanwhile, one of the released Dapchi girls has said five of them died in the custody of the Boko Haram.

The five girls, according to her, died mostly from suffocation and exhaustion, and had been given mass burial.

The girl, Maryam Yerima, speaking to the newsmen in Dapchi, explained that one of them is still in captivity because she refused being converted to Islam.

While in captivity, she said they were  fed only with date and fruit, but not harassed by the insurgents.

Boko Haram fighters brought the abducted girls into Dapchi on Tuesday night.

Their arrival in a convoy of vehicles caused panic in the town.

The insurgents invaded the town on February 19 this year, abducting 110 girls from the school.

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