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The Latest: Chibok campaign says 113 girls remain missing
The sources, however, said some of the girls were not willing to come back, on the grounds that they had gotten married to Boko Haram insurgents with some having children.
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the rescue of 82 Chibok schoolgirls as a pleasant 2nd anniversary gift to Nigerians.
The lawmaker while speaking with Vanguard said, "The swap commanders are five, and not two as reported".
This is the largest release since Boko Haram seized 276 schoolgirls from Chibok three years ago. The negotiators never gave up, the negotiators will continue for the next set after the one secured are made public. Before Saturday's release, 195 of the girls had been captive.
The government would now look to securing the remaining abducted girls, Sani added. April 13, 2016: Boko Haram video appears to show some of the Chibok girls, and tearful mothers recognize their daughters. Some 57 of the girls escaped from their captors on the same night, three were rescued through army operations while 21 were freed last October through negotiations.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhar has expressed joy at meeting the 82 girls, as he shared photos of them on social media.
Nigerians gathered in front of news stands on Monday looking at the names of the freed schoolgirls in local papers.
Some parents did not live long enough to see their daughters released, underscoring the tragedy of the three-year saga.
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Reports stated that numerous captive girls were forced to marry their captors and gave birth to children in the remote forest hideouts where they were kept.
The April 2014 abduction by Boko Haram brought the extremist group's rampage in northern Nigeria to world attention and began years of heartbreak for the families of the missing schoolgirls. It is feared that other girls were strapped with explosives and sent on missions as suicide bombers.
Long-suffering family members said they were eagerly awaiting a list of names of the girls and their "hopes and expectations are high".
Boko Haram remains active in that area.
On Friday, the USA and Britain issued warnings that the Islamist group was planning to kidnap foreigners "along the Kumshe-Banki axis" in Borno state.
"This is a very, very exciting news for us that we have over 80 of our girls coming back again", Bukky Shonibare with the #BringBackOurGirls campaign told Sky TV.
"I can not express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom". The International Committee of the Red Cross, which helped negotiate the girls' release along with the Swiss government, said they would be reunited with their families soon. Militants have killed more than 20,000 people, forced over 2.5 million to be displaced and adbucted thousands of women, forcing them into sexual slavery or marriages with its fighters.
December 24, 2016: Nigeria's president declares that Boko Haram has been crushed, driven from its last forest hideout.
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