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Nigeria paid a “large ransom” to secure release of Dapchi Girls – UN Report



President Buhari receiving the Dapchi girls after their release

A report submitted to the UN Security Council on Boko Haram and related terrorist organisations, on Tuesday, has said Nigeria paid “large ransom” to secure the release of the over 100 girls kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe state, Premium Times is reporting.

This is contrary to what the federal government had maintained. Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture said that the only requirement the terrorists made was that there be a temporary ceasefire.

One of the girls Leah Sharibu was not released for reportedly refusing to denounce her Christian faith.

However, page 13 of the 25-page UN report said:

“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.”


  1. nene+

    August 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Whistling and walking away…????.
    APC beat my expectations in the negative. Please have mercy on gullible Nigerians who believed you despite warnings. You are bloating your zone Bs with lies. Please pity them they are in comatose
    You paid heavily yet Leah Sharibu the only Christian among them was not saved???? And the ??ancestor want to recontest despite failing in all indices? Any one who still support this man is either not sane or not sane.

  2. Centerstrit

    August 16, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    There are some things that shouldn’t make headlines.
    If the FG paid ransom or not is none of our business as long as the girls are safely at home.
    Now that everyone is obsessed with the release, let’s hope some students won`t be kidnapped again and some criminals will not turn it into a business venture to keep demanding ransom from FG.

    • IMI

      August 17, 2018 at 7:54 am

      It actually is our business because we need to know how they(BH) can afford their feeding, weapons and so on. The girls are not safely home Leah is still with them. We are as strong as our weakest link. You never leave a soldier behind. Cheers.

    • nene+

      August 17, 2018 at 8:44 am

      The point is not a mandatory revelation of monies paid or not by govt. its the fact that they have never been honest with any thing what so ever. APC is a govt of brazen lies!!!!!

  3. Tony

    August 17, 2018 at 12:56 am

    If huge ransom was paid it simply means Boko haram has found its goose that lays the golden egg and will kidnap again and again. Why then wasn’t the Christian girl released? Why are all churches in Nigeria that bind and casts silent on that girls case? We are our problem.

  4. by_stander

    August 17, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Typical case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    This one is a judgement call, and they made one that ended up saving lives, To me that’s a good call.

    But this is not a strategy, we can not continue to give incentives for the abuse of people’s inalienable rights, in any shape or form.

  5. Nnenne

    August 17, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Tell what I already know!!!
    God did not give his children fish brain.

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