The Federal government of Nigeria has refuted a report making the rounds by online media houses that the terror group, Boko Haram is seeking about $50 million (N10 billion) from it as ransom before releasing the schoolgirls it abducted from Chibok, Borno state in 2014.
The dismissal was made known by the country’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, during an exclusive interview with the Voice of America.
“It appears we have several versions of this report, he said.
“The one that we heard was from a source that (Boko Haram) wants to release 10 of these girls for one million Euros.
“But the most important thing is that we’ve gone through this route before, and until and when we establish the credibility of this source and the truth behind it, the government will not be in a hurry to make a statement.
“However, government is using its own channels to authenticate the credibility of this source.”
Following accusations by the parents of the abducted girls in a recently held meeting that the Buhari administration was not doing enough to secure the release of their children, the minister said:
“No day passes without the issue of the kidnapped girls not being at the front burner. But these are highly security and intelligence issues which cannot always be discussed openly.
“But I can assure you that, for this government, the return of these girls is what is going to bring the final closure on the Boko Haram terrorism and we are working very hard, daily on it,” he said.