The spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, has tweeted confirmation of the Chibok girls’ release, saying 21 of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants have been rescued by the military.
Sources close to the Borno state government told reporters that some girls were brought to the air force hospital in Maiduguri.
The girls are said to be undergoing screening to determine their state of health as well as their profile.
In April 2014, over 200 girls had been abducted from their hostels at Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state in April 2014.
In the heat of the over six-year insurgency, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria, had become a strong hold of the Boko Haram.
Since the abduction of the girls, pressure has been mounted on the Federal Government to rescue them, including demands for a swap with members of Boko Haram in detention.
The girls abduction had raised a world wide condemnation including the UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon and U.S First Lady Michelle Obama, culminating in the formation of the group, BringBackOurGirls, that have been at the forefront of pushing for the release of the girls.
One of the abducted girls, Aminat Ali Nkeki was rescued in May 2016 during a raid on Sambisa forest by the military.
Also in August, the terrorist group Boko Haram released a ‘proof of life’ video of the girls.