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Furious Military Dismisses Alleged Payment Of Ransom To Boko Haram As ‘Unfounded Rumours’

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The Nigerian military has furiously debunked a report that ransom was made to Boko Haram in exchange for the recently released 21 Chibok girls.A statement by Defence Spokesman, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said the report was unfortunate and false.

He said “The attention of Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has been drawn to a news story by the Punch newspapers alleging that ransom was paid by the government in exchange for the recently released of 21 of the abducted Chibok girls.   This unsubstantiated story, to say the least is quite unfortunate.   It is important to recall here that several statements have been issued by the military high command to clarify the issue surrounding the release of the girls, which the whole world applauded.  It is therefore worrisome that some sections of the media continue to undermine this modest effort of the government, security agencies and other stakeholders.  It is imperative to state categorically that the sponsors of this media campaign have a hidden agenda which is best known to them.

”The military and other security agencies will not be distracted and would remain focus(ed) in achieving its objectives in the North East.  The important thing is that the release have been made and circumstances surrounding this effort should not be a matter of controversy so as not to overheat the polity and jeorpardising the ongoing efforts to secure the release of the remaining girls and other innocent citizens still  in captivity of the terrorists.

According to the military, “The insinuations that ransom was paid to the terrorists which the terrorists used to escalate the recent attacks in the North East is completely false and imagination of the author.  The general public should therefore discountenance it in its entirety.

“The DHQ wishes to once more remind the media to be cautious of such reports which has serious implication on national and to further add that, as partners in progress, the media also has a stake in the ongoing efforts to restore lasting peace in the North East and the country in general” the statement said.

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