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21 of the Missing Chibok Schoolgirls Have Been Released

The release of 21 of the missing Chibok schoolgirls is the result of negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram.

21 of the missing Chibok schoolgirls have reportedly been freed. The news comes 30 months after 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.


The Official Spokesperson to President Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed the girls' release in a series of tweets.

“It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok Girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS,” he said, continuing that the release is the outcome of negotiations between the Nigerian government administration and Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. According to Garba Shehu, the negotiations will continue, and the names of the individual schoolgirls will be revealed shortly.

Sahara Reporters, where the news first broke this morning, reports that the girls were picked up by military helicopter from the Banki area of Borno state, where Boko Haram militants dropped them off earlier on Thursday. “The release of the 21 girls comes as President Buhari began a three-day trip to Germany to discuss assistance for the rebuilding of the northeastern part of Nigeria ravaged by Boko Haram,” the outlet says.

The deal allegedly involved a prisoner swap of detained Boko Haram militants. Sahara Reporters has tweeted that the 21 girls were swapped with four high profile Boko Haram militants. They’re also reporting that 18 of the 21 freed girls are nursing mothers.

As the BBC points out, 197 of the Chibok girls are still missing.

This is a developing story.

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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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