How 21 Missing Chibok Girls Were Freed- Officials

The Nigerian government has given an insight into the negotiations that led to the release of 21 Chibok school girls.

A confirmation the girls had been freed came Thursday morning.

“The release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government,” a statement issued by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said.

He said the talks will continue.

Separately, officials briefed about the deal that the girls were swapped for four Boko Haram insurgents. Names of the militants were not released.

Boko Haram demanded the release of its members held by the government, as condition for freeing the girls.

The officials said that the exchange took place Wednesday night when Nigerian military officials, alongside personnel of United Nations, Red Cross and National Emergency Management Agency, conveyed four Boko Haram militants by a chopper to Banki, a border town in Bama local government area of Borno State.

There, 21 released girls were picked up. The girls were brought into Maiduguri Air Force base at about 8.30a.m.
A source said most of the girls had babies.

They were immediately flown to Abuja at 9a.m.

Many residents of Maiduguri were woken by the sounds of aircraft hovering in the air Thursday morning.

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After Ten Days In Captivity, Abducted Clergymen Freed In Kaduna

The president of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau and two other clergymen who were abducted along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway by armed gunmen have regained their freedom after 10 days in captivity.

Dziggau, Rev. Yakubu Dzarma and Rev. Iliya Anto were abducted on March 21 along the highway where they had gone to clear a piece of land for the foundation of the church seminary.

However, Anto was said to have died after he was left in the bush by the kidnappers because of his poor health.
A top official of the United Church of Christ who pleaded anonymity said Dziggau and Dzarma were freed on Wednesday night while the corpse of Anto was found, almost decomposing in the bush.

According to the official, the two clergymen were immediately taken to a private hospital in Kaduna after they were brought to the church along Katsina Road, Kaduna.

“They were not looking very good and as soon as they brought them, a decision was taken that they needed to see a doctor, so they were taken to a private hospital in Kaduna for medical checkups, but I will not tell you the hospital because they need some rest.

“We don’t want people to disturb them until they are psychologically and physically fit to see people,” the source explained.

According to him, “The person who went to collect them, rode them on a bike from where they dropped them off for four hours before they could reach a motorable road. This was very traumatic and they need some rest.”
The source explained that Anto’s corpse was found in the bush after he was abandoned by the kidnappers because of his ill health.

He said a day after their abduction, the kidnappers had called to say that Anto was not well and they had dropped him at a location in the bush.

“But when we dispatched people to the location to save him, we couldn’t find him after combing the area. The kidnappers who may have been watching us from their hideout said we sent too many people to pick him, so they refused to give further description of the location and we thought they must have gone with him,” he said.

The source however declined to state whether a ransom was paid for the release of the two clergymen who regained their freedom.

After their release, hundreds of church members and well wishers trooped to the church on Katsina road to see the clergymen.

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All Hostages Of Mali Hotel Attack Freed

Mali’s Interior Minister, Salif Traore, has said that all hostages held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, have been freed.

Malian special forces entered the hotel after Islamist gunmen stormed the building shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.

The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaeda affiliated militants have previously carried out attacks in the Sahel based country.

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80 Mali Hotel Hostages Freed, Say Attackers Spoke English

Eighty hostages have been freed from the Hotel attack in Mali. Those freed include three Turkish Airlines staff, 12 Air France staff and Guinean singer Sekouba Bambino

Three people reported to have been killed, as Malian soldiers stormed the hotel.

Mali’s president cut short his visit to Chad and Reuters news agency is reporting that a hostage who was freed from the Radisson Blu in Mali’s capital, Bamako, says that he heard the attackers were speaking English.

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Dozens Of Women, Children Freed From Boko Haram By Nigerian Army

Nigeria’s army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country’s northeast.

Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by Nigerian troops last week.

“As a result of ongoing operations under the aegis of Operation Lafiya Dole to clear Dikwa and its environs from Boko Haram… (the) Nigerian Army yesterday rescued 30 persons from the hands of the terrorists,” army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.

“They include 21 children and a six-day-old infant, seven women including three nursing mothers, and two elderly male adults,” he said.

Dikwa is located around 90 kilometres (56 miles) east of Borno state capital Maiduguri.

Earlier Tuesday, 11 Boko Haram militants were killed in clashes with the military in a village in southern Borno state, a local resident and a member of the militia fighting alongside the army said.


Kano Child Bride Accused Of Murder Freed

A Kano High Court sitting in Gezawa, Tuesday, discharged Wasila Tasiu 14 over the murder of her late husband and 3 others.

In a landmark judgement,  Justice ruled that based on the formal application before the court from the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, “the case is hereby terminated and the accused is discharged”.


Diezani’s Kidnapped Sister Freed

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The kidnapped sister of Nigeria’s oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was abducted last week in the oil city of Port Harcourt, was freed in a joint operation by security forces, police said Wednesday.

“Osio Agama has been safely rescued during a joint operation by the police, military and SSS (State Security Service),” Rivers state police spokesman Ahmad Muhammad told AFP.

Muhammad did not say if ransom was paid for the release, the latest targeting relations of prominent Nigerians in recent months.