Ransom To Free Dapchi Girls: FG Refutes UN Claim
The Federal Government has denied that it ever paid ransom to Boko Haram terrorists to secure the release of the students of Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed refuted this claim by the United Nations that the Nigerian Government paid a huge sum to free the abducted schoolgirls from Boko Haram.
Mohammed who spoke from his Ilorin, Kwara State home asked the UN or anybody who believed that the government paid a ransom to provide evidence to back his or her claim.
He said, “We did not pay a dime and if the UN is claiming that the Nigerian Government paid a ransom, it should produce evidence of payment.”
Mohammed explained that the UN story remained a conjecture and untrue.
The Boko Haram insurgence abducted 110 schoolgirls of Dapchi sometimes ago and they were released after the government negotiated with the terrorist group.
However, five of the girls died in the custody of the Boko Haram and one, who is a Christian Leah Sharibu is still with the Boko Haram.