FG reacts to the release of new video purportedly showing Chibok Girls

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from...A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.  A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHO/AFP/Getty Images

The Federal Government has reacted to the new video released by Boko Haram which purportedly showed the missing Chibok girls. In a statement released by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Federal Government said it was in touch with those behind the video.

“We are on top of the situation. But we are being extremely careful because the situation has been compounded by the split in the leadership of Boko Haram.
We are also being guided by the need to ensure the safety of the girls. Since this is not the first time we have been contacted over the issue, we want to be sure that those we are in touch with are who they claim to be”the statement read The schoolgirls were abducted from their school in Chibok in Borno state over two years ago.

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