Boko Haram seeks a ransom of nearly N10billion from the Federal Government for the release of the over 219 schoolgirls that it abducted from their school in Chibok town on April 14, 2014, sources close to the group have told The Sunday Telegraph.
The sources alleged that the ferocious Islamic death cult made the demands “during secret contacts with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has said he is willing to negotiate for the girls’ freedom.”
The ‘shadowy’ leader of the nefarious sect, Abubakar Shekau had initially demanded in exchange for the girls the release of jailed top commanders of the sect; however, the deal failed along the line after Nigerian prison officials said that commanders on a list given to them by Boko Haram were not in their custody.
The Sunday Telegraph reports that details of the new ransom request emerged ahead of the second anniversary of the girls kidnapping on the night of April 14, 2014, when they were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen posing as soldiers.
A source close to the Islamic group said that about three months ago, Boko Haram sent a message saying it would exchange the girls for a ransom of 10bn Naira, the equivalent of around £36m. “The ransom demand has split the government,” said the source.
“Some think it would be worth it just to resolve the Chibok situation, but others say it will simply allow Boko Haram to hire yet more insurgent recruits.”