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FG paid ransom for release of Dapchi girls - United Nations report

FG paid ransom for release of Dapchi girls - United Nations report

- The United Nations says donations from charity groups and the cash economy are fueling the activities of the Boko Haram group in Nigeria

- The international body states that the insurgents raise money through extortion and kidnappings

- Acting President Osinbajo orders immediate overhaul of SARS

The federal government paid a huge ransom to Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in March 2018, the United Nations has said in a report.

The report contradicted claims by the government that it did not pay any ransom for the release of the girls, because the hostages were released in exchange for detained Boko Haram commanders.

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However, the UN in its report highlighting how the terrorist group is funded, stated that 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, The Punch reports.

The report read in part: “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.”

“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.”

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The report, which was submitted to the UN security council committee was signed by Edmund Fitton-Brown, coordinator, analytical support and sanctions monitoring team and Kairat Umarov, chair, of the security council committee.

Meanwhile, in another news, the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to immediately overhaul the management and activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). reports that the personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad, made it known in a tweet on Tuesday, August 14.

Osinbajo said that based on the persistent complaints and reports on the activities of SARS that border on allegations of human rights violations, there should be overhaul of the management and activities of SARS to ensure that any unit that would emerge from the process should be intelligence-driven.

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