Dapchi: Defence Minister, Dan-Ali speaks on release of school girls


The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has reacted to the release of the Government Girls’ Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State on Wednesday.

The Minister had last week revealed that the girls will be freed by their Boko Haram captors within two weeks. 

The school girls, numbering about 105 were released on Wednesday morning.

Addressing State House correspondents, Dan-Ali said, “Basically, I want to speak on the impression that people had that we cannot get the girls released.

“If you can remember the last interview I had with Channels Television, I said in two weeks, two months or less we are going to get the girls released and this has happened.

“So this is as result of the efforts of Mr. President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces for the support he has been given us and the output is showing now.”

On the negotiations that went in before the release, he said, “I did say even if you are going for negotiations, if you are not doing so from the point of strength, then you cannot make it.”


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