The official spokesperson of the president of the Federal Repubic of Nigeria, Garba Shehu went on his Facebook page to refute claims made by people that more chibok girls have been released. He said:
To my friends spreading the news of a further release of Chibok Girls, we are not there yet. The negotiations are ongoing and the Department of State Service, DSS is full of optimism that they will be successful.
Today, the DSS took the 21 Girls already secured to Yola, Adamawa State on their way home to celebrate the Christmas with their families. No new girls have been released but by God’s grace, they will be. Happy Christmas, everyone.”