The Islamist militants of the Boko Haram group have released 82 schoolgirls from a group of 276 they abducted in north-eastern Nigeria three years ago, the president’s office says. They were handed over in exchange for Boko Haram suspects after negotiations. The girls arrived in the capital Abuja on Sunday, and will be received by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The 82 schoolgirls are now in the custody of the Nigerian army and were brought by road convoy from a remote area to a military base in Banki near the border with Cameroon, the BBC’s Stephanie Hegarty reports from Lagos. The number of Boko Haram suspects released by authorities remains undisclosed. Click Next below to see photos