By Ola Adeola
The Nigerian Government paid “handsome ransom” in millions of dollars for the release of 21 Chibok girls, says AP report. The ransom was allegedly paid by the Swiss government on behalf of Nigeria.
The report further says that the Switzerland is expected to recoup the money from some $321 million stolen fund stashed in the country by late Head of State General Sani Abacha.
In the report, the Swiss government, responding to AP inquiry on the ransom payment, allegedly said it had played “a neutral, humanitarian role in the operation”.
The government had said the girls were not swapped for Boko Haram commanders.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said “there was no exchange of any kind … No such thing took place.” He did not mention a ransom.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, corroborated Osinbajo.
DailyMail’s report on the rescue operation quoted Buhari’s biography by American historian John Paden as saying that negotiation failed about the girls release last year because Boko Haram demanded a ransom of $5.2 billion.