The Federal Government on Thursday declared that the release of the 21 Chibok school girls was never based on swap but an outcome of confidence building.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in Abuja at a world press conference held on the latest development on the abducted Chibok Girls.
He said he was not unaware of what some persons were insinuating about the release but that the fact of the case was that the girls were not released on swap basis, insisting that the release was secured based on a very delicate negotiation and confidence built over time.
‘‘We can confirm that 21 of the girls were released, safely to us by 5.30a.m this Thursday morning and they were flown to Kaduna from the location of their release.
This is the most glaring manifestation to date of the unwavering commitment of Mr. President to secure the safe release of the girls and reunite them with their families.
It is also a result of the round-the-clock efforts by the administration to put a closure to the sad issue of the kidnap of the girls. We expect the released girls to land in Abuja shortly.’’
Ahead of their arrival, he said that Federal Government had assembled a team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts, etc to properly examine the girls, especially because they have been in captivity for so long.
He also disclosed that government will adequately debrief the girls and had started contacting their parents as part of the necessary verification exercise, adding that government will release the names to the public as soon as the verification is concluded,