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Four Chibok girls released

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Four out of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls' Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, have been released by the Boko Haram.

The Chairman, Chibok Local government Council, Mr. Bana Lawan, said on Wednesday that the girls fell ill and were released by their captors.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lawan gave the information in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders' meeting for validation of draft humanitarian response plan for the abducted girls.

The meeting was organised by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

He said the girls were released on Tuesday to bring the number of those that had regained their freedom to 57.

Lawan commended Nigerians for showing concern and support for Chibok people, saying the support had restored the hope and aspiration of the people for the return of peace to the community.

He also praised the Federal Government's prompt intervention through the provision of relief items for the people.

He urged the government to resuscitate the facilities destroyed by the insurgents and improve security in the affected school to boost the morale of the students.

Lawan explained that boys were encouraged to attend GGSS in Chibok because of the lack of education facilities in the area and appealed for the construction of boys' hostels in the school.

He said the construction of the hostels would reduce the hardship faced by the students, who attended school from afar.