Nigeria's vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, says ''no exchange of any kind'' took place with Boko Haram to secure the release of 21 Nigerian school girls. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Twenty-one Nigerian school girls released by their Boko Haram kidnappers met with the country's vice president, Oluyemi Osinbajo, Thursday. Their release came after the International Red Cross and the Swiss government brokered a deal with the group, and negotiations would continue to bring home the rest of the girls, a statement from the Nigerian presidency said. The government denied reports that it had swapped Boko Haram fighters for their release. "There was no exchange of any kind, there was no exchange of any kind. Certainly, there was no swap of any kind, and I think that the truth of the matter...of course as you know even when we started negotiations, we had said that we were ready to consider whatever options there were, but I believe that very fortunately, God truly helped us in the negotiations, absolutely no...there were absolutely no exchange of any kind, and certainly any news or stories about four or one or two or three commanders is untrue. No such thing took place," the vice president said. Around 270 girls were taken from their school in Chibok in the remote northeastern Borno state, where Boko Haram has waged a seven-year insurgency to set up an Islamic state, killing thousands and displacing more than 2 million people.