Photos: Tearful Chibok schoolgirls released from their Boko Haram captors after two years are seen for the first time as they are hugged by the Nigerian vice president and his wife

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More than 200 girls were abducted from a school in the village of Chibok in April 2014 by the jihadi group prompting international outrage.

However, more than two years on, 21 of the captured teenagers were released in what is thought to have been a swap for detained Islamic leaders.

The 21 kidnapped schoolgirls who have been freed from their Boko Haram captors in Nigeria have been pictured for the first time

The 21 kidnapped schoolgirls who have been freed from their Boko Haram captors in Nigeria have been pictured for the first time

Many of the girls, some with their children, were tearful as they met with the Nigerian vice president Yemi Osinbajo 

Many of the girls, some with their children, were tearful as they met with the Nigerian vice president Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo offers words of comfort to one of the girls who was invited to a reception at the State House in Nigeria 

Osinbajo offers words of comfort to one of the girls who was invited to a reception at the State House in Nigeria

Last night, the freed girls, some with their children, attended a reception held by the Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the state house.

There he met with some of the former detainees, offering them comfort and reassurance following their ordeal.

The meeting came as conflicting reports emerged about how the release of the group was negotiated

Vice President Osinbajo offered the girls comfort and reassurance following their kidnap ordeal

Vice President Osinbajo offered the girls comfort and reassurance following their kidnap ordeal

Osinbajo's wife Dolapo comforts one of the girls during an emotional meeting at the State House in Nigeria 

Osinbajo’s wife Dolapo comforts one of the girls during an emotional meeting at the State House in Nigeria

It is unclear whether they were released in prisoner swap, for a ransom payment or for both.

A Nigerian hostage negotiator who was not involved in Thursday’s release told the Associated Press a ‘handsome ransom’ in millions of dollars was paid by Switzerland’s government on behalf of Nigerian authorities.

Swiss officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment after confirming that they played a neutral, humanitarian role in the operation.

However, two military officers claim the 21 girls were swapped for four detained Boko Haram leaders, but Nigerian officials deny any swap.

Many of the girls were forced to become jihadi brides during their time in captivity and some had children 

Many of the girls were forced to become jihadi brides during their time in captivity and some had children

The released girls at a meeting last night. Dozens of the girls have escaped on their own, but some 197 remain missing

The released girls at a meeting last night. Dozens of the girls have escaped on their own, but some 197 remain missing

The abduction of 276 schoolgirls from their school in Chibok and the government’s failure to quickly free them caused an international outcry and brought Boko Haram, Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremist group, to the world’s attention.

Soon after the kidnapping, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said he would marry the girls to his fighters, saying they should be wives, not going to school.

Dozens of the girls escaped on their own, but some 197 remain missing.

In May, one of the captives, Amina Ali Nkeki, managed to escape and told her family that some of the kidnapped girls had died of illness and that others, like herself, had been married off to fighters and were pregnant or had babies.

More than 200 girls were abducted from a school in the village of Chibok in April 2014 by the jihadi group prompting international outrage

More than 200 girls were abducted from a school in the village of Chibok in April 2014 by the jihadi group prompting international outrage

Soon after the kidnapping, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, pictured, said he would marry the girls to his fighters, saying they should be wives, not going to school

Soon after the kidnapping, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, pictured, said he would marry the girls to his fighters, saying they should be wives, not going to school

CREDIT: UK DAILYMAIL

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Osinbajo\u2019s wife Dolapo comforts one of the girls during an emotional meeting at the State House in Nigeria<\/p>\n<\/div>\n

It is unclear whether they were released in prisoner swap, for a ransom payment or for both.<\/p>\n

A Nigerian hostage negotiator who was not involved in Thursday\u2019s release told the Associated Press a \u2018handsome ransom\u2019 in millions of dollars was paid by Switzerland\u2019s government on behalf of Nigerian authorities.<\/p>\n

Swiss officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment after confirming that they played a neutral, humanitarian role in the operation.<\/p>\n

However, two military officers claim the 21 girls were swapped for four detained Boko Haram leaders, but Nigerian officials deny any swap.<\/p>\n

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Many of the girls were forced to become jihadi brides during their time in captivity and some had children<\/p>\n<\/div>\n

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The released girls at a meeting last night.\u00a0Dozens of the girls have escaped on their own, but some 197 remain missing<\/p>\n<\/div>\n

The abduction of 276 schoolgirls from their school in Chibok and the government\u2019s failure to quickly free them caused an international outcry and brought Boko Haram, Nigeria\u2019s home-grown Islamic extremist group, to the world\u2019s attention.<\/p>\n

Soon after the kidnapping, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said he would marry the girls to his fighters, saying they should be wives, not going to school.<\/p>\n

Dozens of the girls escaped on their own, but some 197 remain missing.<\/p>\n

In May, one of the captives, Amina Ali Nkeki, managed to escape and told her family that some of the kidnapped girls had died of illness and that others, like herself, had been married off to fighters and were pregnant or had babies.<\/p>\n

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More than 200 girls were abducted from a school in the village of Chibok in April 2014 by the jihadi group prompting international outrage<\/p>\n<\/div>\n

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Soon after the kidnapping, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, pictured, said he would marry the girls to his fighters, saying they should be wives, not going to school<\/p>\n<\/div>\n

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