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Nigeria negotiates to free more Chibok girls

Nigeria negotiates to free more Chibok girlsNigeria's president said the government is in talks to release the remaining captive Chibok girls, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The announcement was made a day before the third anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Islamist insurgency Boko Haram.

The government "is in constant touch through negotiations, through local intelligence to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons unharmed," President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement.

Of the girls taken from their school in the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014, 195 are still missing.

More than 20 were released in October in a deal brokered by the International Red Cross. Others have escaped or been rescued.

Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said on Tuesday the negotiations are ongoing for the release of more Chibok schoolgirls. He said the government has “gone quite far” with negotiations to free more girls, but did not provide details of the negotiations for apparent security reasons.

The United Nations said on Wednesday Nigeria must do more to rescue the 195 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped three years ago in the jihadist group Boko Haram's most infamous attack.

"It is deeply shocking that three years after this deplorable and devastating act of violence, the majority of the girls remain missing," several UN human rights experts said in a statement.

"As more and more time passes there is a risk that the fate of the remaining girls will be forgotten. There must be more that the government of Nigeria, with the support of the international community, can do to locate and rescue them," they added.
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