How much did Nigeria Government Paid for the 520 Kankara Schoolboys ‘ release from Boko Haram?
Omoyele Sowore, founder of the news website Sahara Reporters,
who ran against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019’s presidential election, has revealed that the Buhari-administration paid Boko Haram the close to the sum of $5million to release the abducted schoolboys.
“The #Kankaraboys are back! Boko Haram and bandits got richer by close to $5million. They timed negotiations of release with the hope that they could use it to “celebrate” @MBuhari’s 78th birthday but Nigerians are not fooled, he wrote.
According to the governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, said the victims were released without payment of ransom. He used repentant bandits and leadership of Miyetti Allah to identify the syndicate that led the abduction, and then started the negotiation process.
This is not the first time that the government negotiate with terrorists. In October 2016 and May 2017, 3 million Euros (about 3.7 million US$) were paid as ransom money in two duffel bags for the total of 103 released Chibok girls.
Although the Nigerian government denied the reports that it paid millions of dollars to Boko Haram to free some of the girls abducted more than six years ago.