Nigerian journalist claims 15 out 112 missing Chibok girls are still alive

A Nigerian journalist with links to the Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed only 15 out of the 112 missing Chibok girls are still alive.

Ahmad Salkida says he had negotiated for the girls’ release on behalf of the government, but several opportunities to have them freed had been missed. Salkida says that the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan had asked him to negotiate for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls two weeks after they were abducted. Salkida adds that he had arranged for a prisoner swap on five occasions, but delays from the then government led to a breakdown in negotiations.

The 276 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram exactly four years ago. Many have since been released. The Nigerian government says that there was no reason to think some may be dead. A spokesperson says that the government is still in discussions with Boko Haram to secure the release of the 112 girls who remain

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