Nigeria denies paying Boko Haram for abducted schoolgirls’ release

More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by another faction of Boko Haram in the northeastern town of Chibok in April of 2014 are still in captivity. Photo: AFP

Casablanca (ADV) – The Nigerian government highlighted the fact that they did not pay any ransom to terror group Boko Haram in order to secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped in the northeastern town of Dapchi in March.

The United Nations published a report claiming that the Nigerian government paid a considerable ransom to Boko Haram for them to release the girls kidnapped in their school premises in the northern state of Yobe.

They were released by Boko Haram almost a month after the abduction, following the Nigerian government’s confirmation that they were negotiating with the terror group regarding the girls’ freedom.

“It is not enough to say that Nigeria paid a ransom, little or huge. There must be a conclusive evidence to support such claims,” Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed stated.

The official dismissed the UN’s claims as “a mere conjecture” until the global organization is able to provide evidence of the said-payment.

According to local officials, all of the Dapchi schoolgirls and some other victims earlier kidnapped were released by a faction of Boko Haram, following negotiations by some international organizations and partners of the Nigerian government.

More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by another faction of Boko Haram in the northeastern town of Chibok in April of 2014 are still in captivity.

Bur-csa – Oumaima Derfoufi – ADV