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Boko Haram Received N500 Million Ransom To Free Kidnapped French Family

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Boko Haram Received N500 Million Ransom To Free Kidnapped French Family

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April 27, 2013 – Boko Haram Got N500 Million Ransom To Free Kidnapped French Family

Weeks after the release of kidnapped French family in Nigeria, a new report of the ransom paid has surfaced.

Apparently Boko Haram leader Shekau initially demanded for N1 billion to secure their release but after back and front negotiations, the amount was reduced to N500 Million

According to a report from Premium Times, Boko Haram were paid N500 million ($3.15 million) to free seven French hostages kidnapped in February, a confidential document from the Nigerian government available to Reuters states.

The insurgent group kidnapped the French hostages in Cameroon on February 19 near Wasa National Park in Northern Cameroon, which borders North-Eastern Nigeria.

The hostages, a family of seven including four children, are believed to have been brought into Borno State after the kidnap. They were released two months after the kidnap on April 19.

The document, according to Reuters, did not state who paid the ransom although French and Cameroonian authorities denied that any ransom was paid.

The Negotiations

Apart from the money the insurgents were paid, the document states, Cameroonian authorities also released some Boko Haram suspects in detention as part of the deal.

The sect had threatened, in a video released on YouTube in March, to kill the hostages unless Nigeria and Cameroon release some of its members in custody.

The report also states that Abubakar Shekau, the sect’s leader had asked for N1 billion to free the hostages but finally accepted half of the money, after agreeing to the release of his members in Cameroonian jails as part of the deal.

French President, Francois Hollande, denied that any ransom was paid when the hostages were released, same as Cameroonian authorities. No one has, however, said what got the insurgents to release the hostages.

Boko Haram is blamed for killings of several hundreds of people in Northern Nigeria and has claimed responsibility for several attacks.

Efforts to get the federal government to react to the report were unsuccessful. The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, and his spokesperson, Joseph Mutah, could not be reached as their telephone numbers were not reachable on Friday evening.

The spokespersons to the Nigerian President, Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe, did not pick or return calls to their phone as at press time.

According to Reuters, the report suggests that the ransom was paid because officials did not want to endanger the lives of the hostages in a rescue attempt; after a rescue attempt last year March to save a Briton and an Italian hostage kidnapped by another Nigerian sect, Ansaru, led to the death of the hostages.

A rich Boko Haram

Apart from waging a war against the Nigerian Government, Christians and Muslims opposed to his terrorist acts, Boko Haram has also delved into kidnapping for ransom, largely to finance its operations.

Apart from kidnapping for ransom, the group also robs banks in Northern Nigeria to finance its operations.

PREMIUM TIMES had also exclusively reported how a security report sent to the Nigerian Presidency last year showed that Boko Haram got N40 million from an Algerian terrorist sect as part of a long term international terrorism collaboration.

[Premium Times Report]



  1. Rahman

    April 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM


  2. mulikat

    April 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    they not muslim, they kill innocent people,kidnapping and rob bank,they are simple thieft with cover up will Islam,hellfire is waiting u,and distroying name of Islam.

  3. Lanre Ajadi

    April 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Yes, I agree with you Mulikat! Islam as a religion too allows for violence; it is obvious in some of the teachings in Quran Chapter 2. You see, there are a few teachings in the Bible too that tends towards violence in the old testament, even though they were inspired by the actions of evil nations around Israel then, which is still the case presently; but the ‘born again Christians’ with a new covenant with Christ ignore any teaching that could inspire violence and embrace PEACE. That’s why you will hear -Love your neighbour as yourself, blessed are the peacemakers etc in our teachings now. Enough of these madness, no force in religion. If every religion is like that, how many ppl will remain in the face of the earth?

  4. nollywood watcher

    April 27, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    When is J. Goodluck going to get the CIA go in and get these a**holes, all they are doing is killing innocent people dam fools that they are.

  5. Makondo

    April 28, 2013 at 6:23 AM


  6. chiboy

    April 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Every day is 4 d thief but 1day is 4 owner of d house

  7. Harlex

    April 28, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Goodluck don turn to badluck oooooo,,,, we go impeach him…

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