Nigeria insists no kobo paid to free Dapchi girls, challenges UN to provide evidence

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President Muhammadu Buhari on March 23, 2018 received 105 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi kidnapped on February 19 in Dapchi, Yobe State along with two others freed by Boko Haram.
President Muhammadu Buhari on March 23, 2018 received 105 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi kidnapped on February 19 in Dapchi, Yobe State along with two others freed by Boko Haram.

The Federal Government on Thursday insisted that it did not pay any ransom to secure the release of the Dapchi girls.

In a statement issued in Ilorin, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed challenged anyone who has any evidence of payment to publish such.

The minister was responding to news item in the media which quoted a report submitted to the UN Security Council alleging that ransome was paid for the release of the girls.

“In Nigeria, 111 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi were kidnapped on 18 February 2018 and released by ISWAP on 21 March 2018 in exchange for a large ransom payment,” the report stated.

Mr Mohammed insisted that the report remain a speculation until evidence of payment of the purported ransome was made available.

“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.

NAN