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oko Haram Bought More Weapons with Ransom Paid for Chibok Girls

It has been revealed by sources within the military that the ransom paid by the Federal Government for the release of the Chibok girls despite its denial has been used by Boko Haram to buy more powerful weapons.

According to the sources, the recent ransom has contributed to the recent upsurge in the killings and disappearances of soldiers engaged in the fight against the insurgents, senior military sources have revealed.

The military men said despite denials by the Federal Government, money was paid to the sect to secure the release of the abducted girls. Newsday was informed that the insurgents demanded for $50m for the release of the girls but about a quarter of the sum was eventually paid.

Newsday was informed that the Federal Government paid the cash in two currencies – the naira and the CFA Francs to the leaders of the sect to facilitate the release of the girls.

But the Presidency on Friday insisted that the Federal Government did not pay members of the Boko Haram sect to secure freedom for the 21 Chibok girls. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the position of government remains that cash was not involved in the release.

Highly-ranked military men who are engaged in the war, and who craved anonymity because they were not authorised to speak for the military authorities, attributed the recent upsurge in the activities of the insurgents to the huge ransom paid for the release of the girls.

Before the current increase in the attacks by the insurgents, it was learnt that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, deployed in the North-East, had effectively cut off food and logistics supply to the insurgents.

Some of the sources, who are also commanders at the war front, said that the troops had effectively defeated the Boko Haram members, who were on the run while a good number of them had surrendered and taken to a rehabilitation camp established by the Defence Headquarters in Yola.

A source in the know said that the second round of the talk for the release of the Chibok girls was scuttled because of the disagreement on the next tranche of a ransom.

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