Red Cross Vehicle used to free the girls
Sources in Nigeria have been giving the AFP news agency more details about how the prisoner swap was organised to secure the release of the Chibok girls.
Nigeria’s presidential spokesman said the Swiss government and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were behind the negotiations.
It seems that it was the ICRC that helped in the physical swap.
One AFP source said the girls were brought in Red Cross vehicles to Kumshe, which is about 15km (nine miles) from a military base in Banki, a town that borders Cameroon.
“The four Boko Haram militants were brought to Banki from Maiduguri in a military helicopter from where they were driven to Kumshe in ICRC vehicles,” the source said.
Another source added: “The 21 girls arrived [in] Banki around 3:00 (0:200 GMT) where they found a military helicopter waiting.”
Garba Shehu spokes person to Nigeria’s president reported that the girls are already with the government in a statement on his wall on Facebook as follows:
IT IS OFFICIAL, 21 CHIBOK GIRLS NOW WITH GOVERNMENT
It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok Girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
The Director-General, Malam LAWAL Daura just finished briefing the President H.E MUHAMMADU Buhari.
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. The negotiations will continue.
The President welcomes the release of the girls but cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism.
Malam LAWAL wants the girls to have some rest, with all of them very tired coming out of the process before he hands them over to the Vice President,Professor Yemi Osinbajo. The President takes off shortly on a trip to Germany for a state visit.
The names of the released girls follows shortly .
Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity).