BY WENDY PARKULO / NEWS TEAM
Earlier today a Nigerian government official told BBC that twenty-one of the Chibok school girls that had been captured in April 2014 by Boko Haram have been released. Newer information has to come to light now stating that this release was due to Nigerian government negotiations with the Islamic terrorist group, moderated by the International Committee for the Red Cross. The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, tweeted “As I depart Abuja for Germany on an Official Visit, I welcome the release of 21 of our Chibok Girls, following successful negotiations. The handing over of four imprisoned militants was also part of the deal,” reports the BBC. The freed girls are currently in the custody of the Nigerian Department of State Services. Their names have not yet been released but it is expected that they will be soon. Initially 270 girls had been captured and “some 197 girls remain captive, though it is not known how many of them may have died,” according to the Associated Press. Around 50 girls escaped the day they were kidnapped and since then just one woman, who was discovered carrying a child by a civilian group with military support in May, has been confirmed to have been released before today’s events. The capture back in 2014 sparked international outrage and the widespread usage of the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. The Nigerian government claims that more negotiations are pending that will hopefully bring freedom to the remaining girls still in captivity.