Meet the lawyer who brokered the release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls

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Lawyer Zannah Mustapha

The story of the release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls will not be complete without mentioning the lawyer who negotiated the release of the girls from Boko Haram captivity.

Novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani profiles the lawyer, Zannah Mustapha, who brokered the release of 82 women captured by Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

When 57-year-old Zannah Mustapha arrived for the handover of the 82 Chibok girls freed from Boko Haram after three years in captivity, a militant read out the girls’ names from a list.

One by one, the abducted schoolgirls, now women, lined up along the outskirts of a forest near Kumshe town, on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. Each of them was covered from head to ankle in a dark-coloured hijab.

“I went ahead of the Red Cross. They [the militants] brought the girls to me,” said Mr Mustapha, the lawyer…

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