Nigerian information Minister’s statement that no imprisoned Boko Haram terrorist was exchanged for the released Chibok girls on Thursday has been said to be false.
According to a CNN report, “a number of Boko Haram commanders” were freed as part of Thursday’s release of the girls, a source close to the negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government said on condition of anonymity.
This contrasts with what the Nigerian government has said, which is that the girls’ release was not a prisoner exchange
“This was not a swap,” Nigerian Information Minister Alhahi Lai Mohammed said Thursday. “It is a release, the product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides.”
A separate source, one with direct knowledge about the girls’ release, told CNN Thursday that no captive Boko Haram fighters were released in exchange for the girls.