A report by BBC on the recent release of 82 Chibok girls and by Boko Haram Terrorists has disclosed that the federal government allegedly paid €2m to the insurgent group together with the release of five bomb-makers.
Details of the deal which led to their release has remained sketchy except for the known Boko Haram members swapped with the girls.
But sources who spoke to the BBC on the condition of anonymity say the Boko Haram members “were accompanied by two million euros in cash.”
The medium also quotes one of the sources to have said that the men are high ranking members of the sect.
“Paying a ransom as well as swapping prisoners was a sticking point that almost unravelled the whole deal,” says the source “with detailed knowledge of the deal.”
“It should have happened sooner, but the president was hesitating about freeing the five – and especially about the money.”
Although unconfirmed, the source also claimed President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t want to pay the ransom.
The source added;
“Persuading him was very, very difficult. It was the most difficult part of the whole negotiation,”
“The ransom was two million euros. Boko Haram asked for euros. They chose the suspects and they gave us the list of girls who would be freed.”