Information and Culture minister Lai Mohammed said this during a press conference late Thursday 13 October 2016.
“We can confirm that 21 Chibok schoolgirls were release at 5:30am today, and flown to Kaduna. We expect them to arrive in Abuja soon. We have the names of the girls and we are now contacting their parents. As soon as that is done, we will release their names.
“Please note that this is not a swap, but a release. People want to believe bad news than good news. The girls were released, there was no swap,
“The release of these girls does not mean an end to military operations, but it is a new phase in the war against insurgency.”
“Mr President has made it clear that whatever he can do to bring the insurgency under control he will do it.”