Federal Government confirm ‘unconditional’ release of Dapchi girls

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The Federal Government has confirmed that, the release of 106 Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on February 19 in Yobe State, was unconditional and no ransom paid.

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, confirmed the number on Wednesday saying a total of 106 abducted persons, comprising 104 Daphi schoolgirls, one other girl and a boy were freed by insurgents in the early hours of Wednesday.

Briefing journalists in Maiduguri, Lai Mohammed, said all the 106 persons were freed unconditionally and that no ransom was paid to secure their release.

”It is not true that we paid ransom for the release of the Dapchi girls, neither was there a prisoner swap to secure their release. What happened was that the abduction itself was a breach of the ceasefire talks between the insurgents and the government, hence it became a moral burden on the abductors. Any report that we paid ransom or engaged in prisoner swap is false,” he said.

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