-Reunites 82 Chibok Girls With Parents
Finally, the 82 rescued Chibok girls had been reunited with their parents by the Federal Government which had kept them away from contact with the public since barely two weeks ago when they were freed by the terrorist group, Boko Haram in a swap for the release of their five key commanders.
Also, a BBC source claimed that the Federal Government paid two million Euros (N705 million) ransom to Boko Haram before the girls were eventually released. Though, the government of Nigeria is yet to admit or refute any payment of ransom.
The reunion of the 82 Chibok girls with their parents on Saturday, May 2017 was characterized by expression of joy and sadness by the parents who had mixed their children since three years ago after the girls and others, about 200 girls, were abducted during a midnight raid by Boko Haram at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, in April 14, 2014.
Some of the abducted girls had died, some forcefully married off by Boko Haram and had given birth to children while others were subjected to rapes and all forms of degradation.
A recent report by the BBC revealed that the federal government had in addition to release of five Boko Haram commanders, paid Two million euros to Boko Haram to secure the release of the 82 Chibok girls.
According to the BBC source, “The release of the 82 came with a price… the details of the deal are sketchy. But they report that five senior Boko Haram militants were moved from a high security unit to be driven to freedom.
“Sources don’t want to be named and their version of events is hard to confirm, but they say the men were high level Boko Haram bomb makers, and that they were accompanied by two million euros in cash. Governments rarely admit to paying a ransom, and this claim could not be independently verified.
“Paying a ransom as well as swapping prisoners was a sticking point that almost unravelled the whole deal.
“It should have happened sooner, but the president was hesitating about freeing the five – and especially about the money.”
The source further claimed that persuading President Muhammadu Buhari to pay the ransom was not easy as he was not willing to do that.
The source said, “Persuading him was very, very difficult. It was the most difficult part of the whole negotiation,” the source added.
“The ransom was two million euros. Boko Haram asked for euros. They chose the suspects and they gave us the list of girls who would be freed.”