Ransom Paid By FG For Release Of Chibok Girls Financing Upsurge In Boko Haram Activities

By Ikenga Chronicles November 12, 2016

Despite several denials by the Buhari-led Federal Government that no monies were paid to Boko Haram in exchange for the release of the 21 Chibok girls, information from military sources on Saturday contradicts.

According to military sources,Boko Haram demanded $50million for the release of the girls, and the Federal Government went ahead to pay an initial $12.5million. This amount, it was gathered by Saturday Punch was paid using two currencies viz; Naira and CFA.

Also, the report stated that not only was money paid to the terrorists, the government had to release some of Boko Haram’s key strategists.

This release of Boko Haram’s key strategists and the provision of funding has re-invigorated the sect, thus leading to improved attacks and the deaths and disappearances of several military officers.

For instance, since the release of the girls, there was a report of over 83 military personnel going missing under what is presumed to be a direct attack by Boko Haram. Also, on the 4th of November, 7 military officials were killed including Lt. Colonel Muhammed Abu-Ali, while they were en route to reinforce troops at Mallam Fatori.

This comes as a surprise seeing as before the release of the Chibok girls, the sect had been decapitated, with most of its members surrendering to the Nigerian military.

Many analysts see the upsurge in Boko Haram’s recent success as being evidence of the masterful strategies of the intelligence officers of the sect released by the Federal Government in the Chibok Girls swap deal, and the huge amount of money they received from the FG too.

According to a military source as reported by Punch,

“Funds were given to Boko Haram and now we can all see the result of that action; there have been renewed attacks recently and many of our men have been killed in the process but we will not relent, we will continue to do our best to secure this nation.”

According to many, the Buhari administration, desperate to prove that it can succeed where the previous administration failed had reached out to the insurgents and reached ¬†deal that has suddenly become counter productive to the administrations’ avowed military stance on the Boko Haram menace.

Yet on Friday, the Presidency has still denied that any such swap deal took place.

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