After spending three years in the den of terrorists, the recently released 82 Chibok schoolgirls will finally have the opportunity to see their families again.

This was disclosed by the Minister for Women Affair and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan. 

She said the students’ parents will travel from the remote northeastern town in Borno state to meet their daughters in the capital, Abuja.

“Any parents that identifies their children will be brought next week to see them,” she said.

The 82 have been staying at the domestic intelligence agency facility on the outskirts of the city since their release in a prisoner swap deal on Saturday.

The women’s minister said the girls would be reunited at another facility in the capital with 24 of their classmates who were released and found last year.

They will receive “psycho-social therapy” and “vocational training” to help them reintegrate into society.

Campaign groups and families have criticised the government for keeping the previously released girls away from their parents but Alhassan said they are free to come and go from the centre.

Most chose to stay in the capital, she added.