FG insists no dime paid for Dapchi girls

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The Federal Government on Thursday insisted that it did not pay any ransom to secure the release of the Dapchi girls released last March by Boko Haram.

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

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

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“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.

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Mohammed insisted that the report remained a speculation until evidence of payment of the purported ransom 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.

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“Without that, the claim remains what it is: a mere conjecture,” the Minister said (NAN)

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