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Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from Boko Haram in 2014.  AFP/Getty Images

By Oladapo Okeowo

Eighty-two of the 276 abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been set free by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

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The girls were kidnapped in April 2014.

This was disclosed and confirmed by a top military source, according to SaharaReporters.

The girls were released after negotiations between the terrorist organisation and the federal government.

The source also revealed that the girls are presently in Banki, Borno state and would, after being settled in, undergo psychological and medical tests.

According to the AFP, Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose two daughters were among those kidnapped, said he was told of the release by the Bring Back Our Girls pressure group and an official in Maiduguri.

He added: “This is good news to us. We have been waiting for this day. We hope the remaining girls will soon be released.”

Bring Back Our Girls said it was awaiting an official statement but added: “Our hopes and expectations are high as we look forward to this news being true and confirmed.”

The Chibok girls were abducted when the terrorists stormed the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok and carted away 276 of the students.

The girls were, at the time, preparing to write their school leaving certificate exams.

About 57 of them managed to escape just after being abducted.

Last year, 21 girls were released, three found – one of them was a mother by then- and the president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu saying the FG was in talks with the group to secure the release of another 80 girls.