The United Nations has revealed that the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari paid a huge ransom to Boko Haram to secure the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in March 2018.
The government had denied paying millions of Euros for the release of the girls, claiming they were exchanged for detained Boko Haram commanders.
However, the 22nd UN Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, pursuant to resolution 2368 (2017) concerning Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and associated individuals and entities, which was submitted to the Security Council Committee, has stated otherwise.
It said, “In Nigeria, 111 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi were kidnapped on 18 February, 2018 and released by ISWAP on 21 March in exchange for a large ransom payment.”
Ransom from abductions, donations from charity groups and the cash economy were fueling the bloody activities of the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region, it added.
According to the report, the number of doctrinally based non-governmental organisations sending funds to local terrorist groups was growing, and Member States were concerned that radicalisation was increasing the threat level in the Sahel.
“Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province have had a similar impact in their areas of control, including the Lake Chad basin.
“The predominance in the region of the cash economy, without controls, is conducive to terrorist groups funded by extortion, charitable donations, smuggling, remittances and kidnapping,” the report said.