By OKECHUKWU PEACE
The release of the 21 girls comes as President Buhari began a three-day trip to Germany to discuss assistance for the rebuilding of the northeastern part of Nigeria ravaged by Boko Haram.
A senior government official in Nigeria has told the BBC that 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants have been freed.
According to reports, the girls were picked up by military helicopter from Banki area of Borno state where Boko Haram militants dropped them off earlier today.
It is understood the girls are being held by the security services in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.
It is not yet clear how the girls were rescued, but the Nigerian military is currently carrying a large-scale operation in the Sambisa forest, Boko Haram’s stronghold.
Until now only one girl had been rescued. A vigilante group found Amina Ali Nkeki in May with her suspected militant husband and her new baby.
More details later