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Government not blocking parents from released Chibok girls -Presidency

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Presidency on Thursday said there was no truth in reports that parents of the 24 Chibok girls who were released by their abductors in October, 2016 were not allowed to see their daughters.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a message he posted on his Facebook page.

Shehu said there was an arrangement in place for the girls to go home and spend time with their families every three months.

He said the government also made provision for the parents to visit the girls in Abuja in batches when they could not travel home during Easter due to security advice.

The presidential spokesman said, “It is time to put to rest the falsehood that parents of the 24 Chibok Girls who returned earlier are not allowed to see them. This claim is outrightly false.

“By an arrangement put in place, the 24 girls will go home to spend time with their families every three months.

“They were due to go during Easter but security advice was against that. Instead, government made arrangements for the parents to come to their girls in Abuja in batches.

“Eighteen of the parents left Abuja on Friday, May 5 after spending three days with their daughters. This can be verified.

“Another set will also come once arrangements for them are put in place.”

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