Nigeria spokesman says 1 Nigeria Chibok girl refused release


The 103 schoolgirls released from captivity after being taken by Islamist militants Boko Haram in Chibok, north-east Nigeria, will go back to school in September, a minister has said.

Alhassan said they traveled to Chibok for Christmas but upon their return to the capital said they were scared to go back to their community.

The Chibok schoolgirls freed from the clutches of Boko Haram will return to school in September, Nigeria's minister of women affairs has said.

Information minister Lai Mohammed meanwhile indicated talks with Boko Haram about the release of the remaining 113 girls could pave the way for a possible end to the conflict.

Ms Alhassan said Nigeria's government has no regrets about exchanging Boko Haram commanders for the schoolgirls' release.

"We'll do it again if needed", she said in comments tweeted by Nigeria's government.

She added that photos of the 82 girls have been sent to families in Chibok for identification even as she added that families were now meeting to identify their daughters.

The girls were released in great shape with no visible sign of abuse, unlike the other 21 Chibok girls freed previous year, October, who came in poor shape, Shehu told Tribune.

She added. "I hope and pray that my daughter is among these released girls".

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Garba Shehu told local Channels TV that 83 girls were supposed to be freed "but one said: 'No, I'm happy where I am".

Human Rights Watch has accused the government of failing to respect the girls' privacy by publishing their names and for parading them at a photo-call.

"The girls must come out, whether they like it or not; they should force them out, just as they were forced in, they should be forced out".

The released girls, now young women, are seen in the video looking much healthier than before.

"Reports that we are preventing parents from seeing their children who are among the set of 21 Chibok girls are absolutely not true".

"The parents of the #Chibokgirls are free to visit them at any time".

It is unclear if the government has made other attempts to let them know if their daughters are now safe.

One girl, Zara, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram, though not from Chibok, told the BBC how she was stigmatised on her return because she was pregnant.

Girls who escaped soon afterwards claimed some classmates had died from illness while others did not want to come home because they had been radicalised by the insurgents.