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EU hails release of 82 Chibok girls

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The European Union has expressed delight over the release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls.

The EU said this in a statement by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the EU Commission, Federica Mogherini.

The European body said it would continue to support the Federal Government in the fight against terrorism.

It urged the Federal Government to ensure that not only are the remaining girls rescued, but the abductors must also be brought to book.

The statement read, “After many years far from their families, over 80 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been finally released in Nigeria.

“This news is a glimmer of hope that one day, all the kidnapped girls will once again return home, live freely and have a peaceful future.

“Our thoughts are with them as they have the chance to rebuild their lives and also with those that remain captive.

“All must be done to ensure that those responsible for their ordeal are brought to justice.

“The EU continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and in its tireless work to free the girls.

“The EU also continues to be fully committed to supporting humanitarian, development and reconstruction work in Nigeria.”

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