No ransom paid to free 21 Chibok girls – Nigerian Military


The Nigerian military said on Saturday that no ransom was paid for the release of the 21 Chibok girls freed by the Boko Haram.

The girls were among the over 200 female students kidnapped from their government owned school in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014. Scores of the remaining g girls are still with the insurgents.

The federal government had in October denied swapping Boko Haram members in detention for the freed girls, saying the release was “the
product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides.”

On Saturday, the military spokesperson, Rabe Abubakar, said reports of payment of ransom were not true.

Read the full statement by Mr. Abubakar below.

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 focussed 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 jeopardising the ongoing efforts to secure the release of the remaining girls and other innocent citizens still in captivity of the terrorists.

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.


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  • smart

    Yes, no money was paid, no boko haram member exchanged. The deadly boko haram group just released the girls for FREE!
    Can this government ever stop fooling themselves?

    • abodes_124

      Even if they did they do not make the prospects of further release easier by boasting of their cleverness and Boko Harams stupidity.

  • Last goodman

    If you must lie, tell a plausible lie! So Bokoharam had a change of heart overnight and handed over the chibok girls in exchange for nothing? the Army needs to change there spokes person!

    • Epsilon_Delta

      …and then killed scores of soldiers the following day!

  • ayobamiba

    May God Almighty forgive us our iniquities as a nation and show us his mercies. The greatest tragedy of a people is to deny themselves and live a life of denial.may God also touch this boko vampires to release the remaining daughters of Abraham still in their custody .

  • vagabonds in power

    These girls are not the politically arranged Chibiok girls———–for the army is yet to give us one reason why the so–called fake chibok girls were released by Boko haram Fulani fighters———It is unthinkable for boko haram to free the Chibok girls and then kill 20 Nigerian soldiers just days later—————–Again is this not the same army that told the world they were not involved in the release of the girls-?–Tell us the local government areas in Borno state—where the fake girls were released———-The name of the village and those who received them on behalf of the dying government of Bingo Buhari–

  • Otile

    Till this day Imam Buhari is still insisting that Abacha stole no money, but only Yoruba people believe him. Now he is telling us that after negotiating with Boko Haram the Islamic terrorists had a change of mind and released the girls without receiving money from his government. As usual only Yorubas can believe him.

    • Taiwo


  • abodes_124

    I know our officials are very clever. What is paramount at this stage is that they should not make statements that will prejudice the release of the remaining captive children. Particularly no appearance of beating of chests and boasting of how they got the better of Boko Haram in the last deal that resulted in release of 21 of the children.