Nigeria faults UN report insists no payment was made to free Dapchi girls
London, August 16, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government of Nigeria has insisted that it did not pay any ransom to secure the release of the Dapchi girls.
”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.
A report released by the United Nations had claimed that the Federal Government paid a huge ransom to Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in March 2018.
Mohammed had in March said the girls were released unconditionally with no money paid.
“It is not true that we paid ransom for the release of the Dapchi girls, neither was there a prisoner swap to secure their release,” Mohammed had said.
What happened was that the abduction itself was a breach of the ceasefire talks between the insurgents and the government; hence it became a moral burden on the abductors. Any report that we paid ransom or engaged in prisoner swap is false.”