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Minister of information, Lai Mohammed has denied reports that Boko Haram
is demanding $50m from the government as ransom before releasing
the over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls. Mohammed made the denial in an interview with the Voice of America.

“It appears we have several versions of this report. The one that we
heard was from a source that (Boko Haram) wants to release 10 of these
girls for 1 million euros. But the most important thing is that we’ve gone through this route
before, and until and when we establish the credibility of this source
and the truth behind it, the government will not be in a hurry to make a
statement. However, government is using its own channels to
authenticate the credibility of this source,” he said.
Information minister described as ‘unfair’ the accusations that the
Buhari administration is not doing enough to secure the release of the
abducted girls.
“No day passes without the issue of the kidnapped girls not being at
the front burner. But these are highly security and intelligence issues,
which cannot always be discussed openly. But I can assure you that for this government, the return of these
girls is what is going to bring the final closure on the Boko Haram
terrorism and we are working very hard, daily on it.”
“Those who say that are being very unfair to us,” Mohammed said.
“We inherited a very bad situation where the trail had gone cold,
despite that every day we send out reports, we receive [information]
some of them are phony some of them are just there to excoriate
government. But the truth of the matter is that it’s not a matter that
government is taking lightly. Those who want a daily report on what we
are doing, of course in security that does not happen. But we have
channels of information in which we make available on a need to know
basis,”  he said.

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