Did Buhari Pay €3m To Boko Haram For Release Of Chibok Girls?
Book Haram are back and growing stronger, launching increasing attacks on security agencies and innocent citizens in the North East region of Nigeria.
Could this be as a result of a successful business they did with the Nigerian government?
Did the Nigerian government actually pay 3 million Euros to Boko Haram for the release of some Chibok girls?
There seems to be more questions than answers, as reports are rife that an insurgent that had struggled to feed itself now seems replenished.
In April 2014, Boko Haram insurgents had kidnapped 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state. Of that number, 163 are now free: 57 fled in the early days after their abduction, three escaped later, and a Swiss-coached mediation secured release of 103.
21 of the 103 were freed on October 13, 2016, while the remaining 82 were freed on May 6, 2017.
But according to a Wall Street Journal's detailed report, 1 million Euros was paid for the 21 first freed, and additional €2 million accompanied the five Boko Haram commanders that were exchanged with the next batch of 82 girls.
Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have links with the sect, and Zannah Mustapha, a lawyer, were said to be key mediators involved in both deals.
“The plan called for two exchanges. In the first one, Boko Haram would free 20 Chibok hostages in exchange for €1 million,” WSJ report.
“If both sides were satisfied with the outcome, the rest of the girls, who wanted to come home, would be swapped in a second exchange in return for €2 million and five imprisoned Boko Haram commanders.”
“As Mustapha worked through the details and tried to maintain the confidence of both sides, the Nigerian government began the delicate process of finding prisoners Shekau would deem acceptable.
“Salkida was the man picked for the task. He began to crisscross Nigeria combing jails and interviewing inmates, looking for militants who fit the profile.”
When contacted for clarification on the report, Punch said Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina neither confirmed nor denied the claims.
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