The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, has reported that the Federal Government paid Boko Haram insurgents two million euros for the release of the 82 abducted Chibok girls.
According to BBC, sources said the girls were swapped with “high-level Boko Haram bomb-makers.”
“It should have happened sooner, but the president was hesitating about freeing the five – and especially about the money.”
Although unconfirmed, the source also claimed President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t want to pay the ransom.
“Persuading him was very, very difficult. It was the most difficult part of the whole negotiation,” the source added.
A negotiator who was part of the process had said only three Boko Haram terrorists were swapped in exchange for the girls.
Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity had, during the release of the 82 girls, happily announced that negotiations to release the girls have yielded results.
But Shehu didn’t hint on whether the sect was paid any ransom for the girls’ release.