Reaction from the Ekiti state government to the release of Dapchi schoolgirls suggests the Nigerian Government had paid a hefty ransom in “millions of dollars” to Boko Haram insurgents.
Lere Olayinka, the Special Assistant, Public Communications and New Media to Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose, made the allegation on Wednesday.
Olayinka made a snide remark that seemed to suggest the kidnap saga was choreographed. “Heard that those who removed military checkpoints and allowed the #DapchiGirls to be abducted have released them after Millions of Dollars as ransom.”
Olayinka’s view was not different from a statement released on behalf of Governor Fayose in February, in which he claimed some high-ups in government were profiteering from the girls’ abduction.
Fayose had said at the time that the insurgency in the northeast would not end due to “payment of ransom (in dollars) to free those abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents.”
More recently, Governor Fayose faulted the Federal Government’s decision to negotiate the freedom of the schoolgirls. The governor said: “I have never heard of anywhere in the world where terrorism was defeated by negotiation. Responsible govt don’t negotiate with terrorists, it fights terrorism and crush it totally.”
However, a Newsbreak.ng report (Also READ: Fayose ‘Attacks’ U.S., U.K, Others In Anti-Buhari Tweet –http://tinyurl.com/yau8capo) revealed Nigeria hadn’t taken an alien path in negotiating with terrorists but merely took a cue from foreign powers, such as U.S., U.K, France, Germany, Japan, Israel, who had acted similarly at different times.
Meanwhile, a presidential media assistant, Garba Shehu confirmed the release of the girls.
“Yes, the girls are being transported to safety. We will give details later. We thank God,” said Shehu.