DHQ denies reported release of abducted Chibok girls

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The Defence Headquarters has retracted its earlier statement confirming the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.

The spokesperson for the defence headquarters, Chris Olukolade, had said that a yet unclear number of the girls had been freed and driven in two Toyota Hiace buses to the Maimalari Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri.

But less than 30 minutes after, Olukolade called back to say he was withdrawing his earlier statement, stating that he had been having difficulty establishing contact with his colleagues in Maiduguri and that he was no longer sure that the girls driven into the barracks were newly rescued.

Olukolade had said that the girls had been freed and that the rescue exercise was still ongoing and that appropriate statement would be made later.

Sources said that the girls driven into the Maimalari barracks were those who escaped earlier from the Boko Haram sect.

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