CNN reported today that 82 Chibok girls have been released. Their release, they said, was as a result of successful negotiations between Boko Haram and the government.
The news report by CNN’s Stephanie Busari quoted an anonymous government official as the source of this information.
The source told CNN that the freed girls are now in military custody in Banki, a town near the Cameroon border.
It is believed that the released girls are among the 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014
According to Reuters, more than 20 girls were released last October in a deal brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Others have escaped or been rescued, but 195 were believed to be still in captivity before this release.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said last month that the government was in talks to secure the release of the remaining captives.