We Didn’t Pay a Dime To Free Dapchi Girls, FG insists
The Federal Government has insisted that it did not pay any ransom to secure the release of the Dapchi girls.
In a statement issued in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, challenged anyone who has any evidence of payment to publish such
“It is not enough to say that Nigeria paid a ransom, little or huge. There must be a conclusive evidence to support such claim. Without that, the claim remains what it is: a mere conjecture,” the Minister said
ElombahNews had, earlier in the day, reported that the Federal Government paid a huge ransom to Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in March, 2018, a United Nations report has revealed.
The government had denied reports that it paid millions of Euros for the release of the girls, noting that the hostages were released in exchange for detained Boko Haram commanders.
But the UN report stated that ransom from abductions, donations from charity groups and the cash economy were fueling the bloody activities of the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region.