The late payment paid to Boko Haram in return for the arrival of some Chibok young ladies have added to the late upsurge in the killings and vanishings of warriors occupied with the battle against the radicals, senior military sources have uncovered to Punchng.
The military men said regardless of disavowals by the FG, cash was paid to the group to secure the arrival of the snatched young ladies. It was learnt that the radicals requested for $50m for the arrival of the young ladies yet about a fourth of the whole was in the end paid.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the FG 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.
Prior to the current increase in the attacks by the insurgents, it was learnt that the troops 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.
One of the sources said it was sad that the same government that was initially seen as tough enough to end insurgency in the country failed to negotiate with Boko Haram from a position of strength.
“It is unfortunate that in government’s desperation to secure the release of the Chibok girls, it has put our soldiers’ lives in danger. It is now obvious that the group has reinforced and bought more weapons to fight us.”
According to a source, left to the military, the ransom and the exchange of Boko Haram members for Chibok girls would not have taken place.
Another source said, “They got the Chibok girls and suddenly the Boko Haram that we had beaten and chased out of Sambisa are attacking and killing men of quality.”
It is very obvious that they have used the ransom to buy equipment and recruit men to carry out their heinous acts. Another thing you must note is that the towns around the borders are occupied by mercenaries from foreign countries. Where did they get the money to fund that?”