Federal Government freed some top Boko Haram commanders for the 21 Chibok girls, who were among the over 200 schoolgirls, that was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014, were released by the insurgents at Banki, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon.
The released girls wept profusely when Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo met them on Thursday at the Abuja headquarters of the Department of State Services after the girls’ arrival in the Federal Capital Territory.
According to the Punch, the security source said five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the 21 Chibok girls.
The source stated:
“Five top commanders of the Boko Haram were traded for the released Chibok girls.
“Those released are not among those earlier released by the military in the North-East on October 1, 2016. These ones are confirmed Boko Haram commanders, who have been in the custody of the DSS.”
“I think it was a planned operation which involved the DSS. The released Boko Haram commanders were not in the custody of the military.”
“The girls were released in the forest at Banki. Obviously, the abductors took them close to where they could be sighted and gave them direction and left them.”