Freed Dapchi schoolgirls to meet President Buhari

After being reunited with their families, the schoolgirls from Dapchi village, have now traveled to the capital, Abuja, where they are scheduled to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.

110 girls were kidnapped over a month ago, during a raid by jihadist militants in northeast Nigeria.

Boko Haram militants raided a school in Yobe state on February 19, kidnapping the girls and driving them to an unknown location.

In an extraordinary turn of events, fighters of Boko Haram surrendered the girls to the community on Wednesday.

The girls, though, say five of their friends died in captivity.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information has denied suggestions that a ransom was paid to secure the girls’ freedom.

President Buhari had earlier sent four ministers to Dapchi town to get more information about the release of the girls. It is expected that the ministers will lead the girls to meet with the President.

The Dapchi kidnapping is one of the largest since the jihadist group Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014.

Nigeria is grappling with a Boko Haram insurgency that aims to topple the government and instill a strict jihadist system of governance.

The near-decade insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced millions others.