JUST IN: Ministers Answer Question On Ransom For #DapchiGirls
The Nigerian government says no ransom was paid for the return of over 100 Dapchi girls by Boko Haram.
The Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed and that of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday, briefed reporters on the return of the girls abducted on February 20 from their secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State.
"The released Girls are in Dapchi and being documented; Situation is developing; release is outcome of “backchannel” negotiations; no ransoms were paid," a tweet from the Presidency said.
Ministers of Information and Defence have just briefed the press ahead of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting.— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) March 21, 2018
The released Girls are in Dapchi and being documented; Situation is developing; release is outcome of “backchannel” negotiations; no ransoms were paid. pic.twitter.com/wajHHCaGUd
Nigerians had raised concerns about what was exchanged with the terrorists for the return of the girls, which came weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration was ready to negotiate with the terrorists.