Father of last missing Dapchi girl proud of daughter's bravery

The released Dapchi girls

The released Dapchi girls

At least one of the freed girls has said a Christian classmate remained captive, while those released are Muslim.

There Dapchi community in Busari local government of Yobe state has been thrown into confusion over Leah Sharibu, the only girl in captivity out of the 110 students abducted on February 19. Five of them were said to have died on the day of the abduction due to their being jam-packed in lorries.

The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement has kicked against President Muhammadu Buhari proposed amnesty for repentant Boko Haram terrorists, questioning the rationale behind such a move when members of the group freed in the past always return to terrorism.

And then he had this to add for Boko Haram. "My wife, when she heard the abducted girls were on the way, she was running towards them, but when she discovered that her daughter Leah was not among them she fainted and was rushed to General Hospital, Dapchi".

A statement said the government did not pay a ransom nor swap captive insurgents for the release of the schoolgirls.

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It said: "So, any step taken by the government to end the current security challenges in the country can not be too costly as long as it is done in accordance with worldwide best practices".

One of the goals of Boko Haram - which has kidnapped thousands of girls, boys and women, forcing some of them to blow themselves up, killed thousands of others and displaced millions - is to stop children receiving what it perceives as western-style education.

"As I said earlier, the insurgents chose to return the girls to where they picked them from as a goodwill gesture". So they said she would not come with us and she should go and sit back down with three other girls they had there. This strategy paid off as the girls have been released without any incidents. The same process had earlier secured the release of two batches of Chibok girls in 2016 as well as the abducted University of Maiduguri oil explorers.

Galang, a mother of eight, said she had planned to tell the parents to be patient for their girls' return as she had been.