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Boko Haram Presidency denies paying insurgents to free 21 Chibok girls

The Presidency through Mallam Shehu Garba has denied allegations that it paid a certain sum for the release of 21 kidnapped girls from Chibok town.

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President Buhari and VP Osinbajo receive released Chibok Girls play

President Buhari and VP Osinbajo receive released Chibok Girls


The presidency has denied the story that the Federal Government paid ransom to free the 21 Chibok girls released by Boko Haram in October 2016.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the government has “no such money under any allocation to pay out this outrageous sum of money as ransom.”

In a statement by Shehu on Saturday evening, November 12, 2016, the presidency denies the tale in its totality saying the administration is a responsible government that is run on the basis of the constitution and budgets duly appropriated by the National Assembly.

Speaking further on the war against the terrorists, Shehu said: “As at the time he came into power, Boko Haram occupied 80 per cent of Borno State, 40 per cent of Yobe, and a significant segment of Adamawa.

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The 21 girls were among the over 200 kidnapped by the Boko Haram in April 2014. The others are still being held by the terrorists.

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