REVEALED - FG Paid €2million Ransom For 82 Chibok Girls’ Release - Full Gist News


Saturday, 20 May 2017

REVEALED - FG Paid €2million Ransom For 82 Chibok Girls’ Release

According to BBC, the Federal Government paid a ransom of two million euros in cash in addition with top Boko Haram commanders for the release of 82 Chibok girls.

Five senior Boko Haram militants were moved from a high security unit to be driven to freedom.

It was gathered that paying a ransom as well as swapping prisoners was a sticking point that almost unravelled the whole deals.

President Buhari has not revealed if a ransom was paid

“It should have happened sooner, but the president was hesitating about freeing the five – and
especially about the money,” says the person with detailed knowledge of the deal.

Persuading him was “very, very difficult. It was the most difficult part of the whole negotiation. He didn’t want to pay any money.

“The ransom was two million euros. Boko Haram asked for euros. They chose the suspects and they gave us the list of girls who would be freed.”

Governments rarely admit to paying a ransom, and this claim could not be independently verified.

Reaching that point took a lot of time and there were many setbacks, but trust was gradually built on both sides. The Nigerian army’s surge of military success helped strengthen the government’s hand.

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