11 April 2016
The Federal Government has denied media reports that the militant group, Boko Haram has demanded $50 million from the government as ransom before releasing the abducted Chibok school girls. Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made this known on Sunday in an interview with the Voice of America.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed however confirmed that reports of demand for ransoms are not new.
The Minister said “it appears we have several versions of this report. The one that we heard was from a source that (Boko Haram) wants to release 10 of the girls for 1 million euros”
The Minister also said that though the reports are not new, the government will establish the credibility of the source and the truth behind it. He said the government will not be in a hurry to make any official statement but the government is making use of its own channels to authenticate the credibility of the source.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed also stated that accusation that the Buhari-led Administration is not doing enough to secure the release of the abducted girls is not fair. He explained that no day passes without the issue of the kidnapped girls being at the front burner.
The Chibok school girls were kidnapped on April 14, 2014.