|The ICRC supports those affected by the insurgency in Nigeria (Picture: AFP)|
Sources in Nigeria have been giving the AFP news agency more details about how the prisoner swap was organised to secure the release of the Chibok girls. Nigeria’s presidential spokesman said the Swiss government and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were behind the negotiations.
It seems that it was the ICRC that helped in the physical swap.
One AFP source said the girls were brought in Red Cross vehicles to Kumshe, which is about 15km (nine miles) from a military base in Banki, a town that borders Cameroon.
"The four Boko Haram militants were brought to Banki from Maiduguri in a military helicopter from where they were driven to Kumshe in ICRC vehicles," the source said.
Another source added: "The 21 girls arrived [in] Banki around 3:00 (0:200 GMT) where they found a military helicopter waiting.”
Currently FG assembling in Abuja medical and other relevant experts to provide support & care to the 21 Chibok girls just released.— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) October 13, 2016