The Federal Government said a total of 106 abducted persons,
comprising 104 Dapchi schoolgirls, one other girl and a boy were freed
by insurgents in the early hours of Wednesday.
Briefing journalists in Maiduguri, the Minister of Information and
Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said all the 106 persons were freed
unconditionally, contrary to reports in a section of the media that
ransom was paid and that some insurgents were swapped for the freed
”It is not true that we paid ransom for the release of the Dapchi
girls, neither was there a prisoner swap to secure their release.
”What happened was that the abduction itself was a breach of the
ceasefire talks between the insurgents and the government, hence it
became a moral burden on the abductors. Any report that we paid ransom
or engaged in prisoner swap is false,” he said.
Meanwhile, the freed persons have been formally handed over to the
The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas,
handed over the girls and one boy to the four-member Federal Government
Delegation at the Nigerian Air Force base in Maiduguri on Wednesday evening
The delegation comprised the Minister of Information and Culture,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman
Danbazau (retired); the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajia
Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim and Hon. Goni Lawan Bukar, a member of
House of Representatives from Dapchi.
The girls were immediately airlifted to Abuja aboard a military transport plane.