Friday , 27 April 2018

No ransom paid for release of Nigerian schoolgirls – minister

In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, freed Chibok school girls sit during a meeting with Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja,, Nigeria, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago were freed Thursday in a swap for detained leaders of the Islamic extremist group — the first release since nearly 300 girls were taken captive in a case that provoked international outrage. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP)

No ransom was paid for the release of scores of Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamist militants on Wednesday, Nigeria’s information minister said.

“No ransom was paid to them to effect this release. The only condition they gave us is not to release (the girls) to the military but release them in the town of Dapchi without the military presence,” Information Minister Lai Mohammed told Reuters in Abuja.

According to Reuters, Boko Haram insurgents freed the students in the north-eastern town of Dapchi, from where 110 girls were taken on Feb. 19 in the biggest mass abduction since Chibok in 2014, witnesses told Reuters.

It stated that some of the released students said five of their friends had died in captivity and another was still being held.

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