The Nigerian Government has insisted that it did not pay any ransom to secure the release of the Dapchi girls and challenged anyone with evidence of such payment to publish it.
The government made its position known in a statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
”It is not enough to say that Nigeria paid a ransom, little or huge. There must be a conclusive evidence to support such claim. Without that, the claim remains what it is: a mere conjecture,” the Minister said.
The statement is in reaction to a UN report which claimed that the girls were released after a huge ransom was paid.
“In Nigeria, 111 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi were kidnapped on 18 February 2018 and released by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on 21 March 2018 in exchange for a large ransom payment,” the report stated.