Nigeria’s Chibok girls: Father’s joyful reunion with freed daughter

The father of one of the 82 Nigerian women released five days ago has spoken of his joy at seeing her again three years after she was kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Yakubu Nkeke was briefly reunited with her on a visit to the capital, Abuja.

The rest of the Chibok girls will be reunited with their parents next week, Nigeria’s minister for women says.

The Nigerian government says all 103 schoolgirls released so far will go back to school in September.

The 21 girls freed last year have been living in Abuja, rather than returning to the remote north-eastern town of Chibok, where 276 girls were abducted from their school in 2014.

“When I first saw her, she jumped and grabbed me. I held her, I started dancing around with her,” said Mr Nkeke, head of the Chibok’s Parents Association.

People in Chibok spent the whole night “singing and praising God” after being told of the latest release, Mr Nkeke said.

“Everyone in Chibok – not only the biological parents – everybody is rejoicing because of this,” he said.



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