Boko Haram Got $3.15 million To Free French hostages- PREMIUM TIMES

French family held hostage
By 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.

 

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See how the "Oloye's " are attacking akpos1

Is this fear, trepidation or cowardice? All of the above? Yes indeed!

Nonsense. Usually akpos1 will not respond to comments made by these uncircumcised from the Oduduwa Republic choosing to remain anonymous. If I may ask, why do you bother who the SS goes with? Why cry more than the bereaved? This is how you people lost Ilorin forever. The same reason the Oba of Ilorin was chased into Offa forest since 1779 & has refused to come out while the alien Emir sits comfortably on the throne. True or false? Idiots".

Long live the United Republic of the SS&SE
God bless the United Republic of the SS&SE

This character called Konko

@Konko, Pls, grow up. Akpos1 does not represent the Igbos. Even if its your own undstding, yet, not on online social media.. Look at your reaction to just 1 comment from Akpos1..."For your information, the SS will rather do business with the Abokis rather than have anything to do with you unGodly, money worshiping Ibos." I think you are still living in the past. U appear to have started ur fight too early when d real fight is yet to come. Ur boast as above took place long b4 now & u are just waking up with such proposal. Only on places like here that u culd be allowed to air such nauseating views hiding under false identity. Hold ur anger my friend. U are starting the fight too early. 2014 is around the corner when the marriage fraud called Nigeria will be dissolved. Only then u will choose to marry ur so called Abokis or not. Those that have plans are not saying anything yet, but u are alreading choosing ur trading partners. I dey laugh!!!!!

re-akpors1

i piety u akpors1. e be like say na nite school u go since u cannot understand who paid the ransome due to ur greed. For ur information france and cameroon govt paid not according to SR. Did u say united republic of ss&se i cant wait to see howlong will this marriage of two greedy couples will last.whether u accept it or not, the north that u hate with a passion due to ur greed is the shockabsober that has been keeping this country together for the past 5 decades. Accept this bitter truth. I dey laugh oooo.....

re konko

konko pls note that those u re referring to abokis does not need ss to win any election cause the whole ss is less than a state in the north.better start learning to accomodate the unGodly money worshipping igbos in preparation for the break up ur people re agitating for.i dey laugh oooooo......

Ghosts!

I don't think the report says nigeria's Government was involved in d payment, besides they were kidnapped in Cameroon.
For me, I think this "ghost" description, fit their mode of operation, and their collective structure and not in refrence to physical individual members.

konko the Dummy

And no wonder they(North)consider you guys slaves...they will keep on raping you guys dry...that is my happiness. Continue to worship the "Abokis". Jackass.

Boko Ransom

Some people are looking for ways to turn the masses against the already embattled president of this country . To me , if any ransom was paid at all , it wasn't by the Nigeria Government . Let us be cautious of utterances that can blow the already tense situation of this country , out of proportion .

Emeka Ugwuonye came before Boko Haram

I am an avid reader of your commentary page. The reactions of readers give me hope that Nigeria can still revert to a moral country. I refer to your recent report(s) on a fake lawyer called Emeka Ugwuonye.

I see a parallel here. Boko Haram kidnapped hostages and pocketed $3.5million as a result. But don't forget that the fake Lawyer Emeka Ugwuonye had earlier kidnapped Nigeria's Embassy tax refund and also pocketed $1.5 million.

Do you see the parallel i am drawing for combatting terrorism, since armed conflict is not the only meaning of terrorism or ransom its only proof?

@KONKO:THERE IS NO TRIBE CALLED SS,AKPOS1 IS A WARRI MAN

@ KONKO,I have read your abuse of the Igbo,if I may ask,do you hate money?are you more Godly than all Igbos?since the creation of the SS,we Igbos have produced at lease 3 governors in that region and we have more than 10 million Igbos with Igbo names in the region speaking Igbo, for your information.
Akpos 1 is telling the truth and I am sure many of our Igbo kit and kin who suffered genocide in Biafra will not prefer to go with Abokis.
You will wallow in your hatred,man of little faith,you will die in hate and buried in hate.

EXTREMIST

JONA FORGET ABOUT APPEASING THESE TERRORIST AND GRAB THE BULL BY THE HORN.A GROUP OF MISFITS, EXTREMIST,CRIMINALS AND LAZY BASTRADS CAN NOT KEEPING ON HOLDING THE COUNTRY AT SIEGE IN THE THE NAME OF FIGHTING A CAUSE THEY CLAIM IS AN ISLAMIC CAUSE, SO GET RID OF THESE FOOLS AND THE REST BRING THEM TO JUSTICE SO WE CAN MOVE ON AND FACE SOMETHING ELSE. NOW IF JTF CAN'T DO THE JOB THEN STEP ASIDE AND MEND,OHANEZE AND THE REST WILL HANDLE THESE TERRORIST IN A MANNER THEY WOULD NOT LIKE. FORGET AMNESTY , RATHER FLUSH THESE PEOPLE OUT A GET RID OF THEM AND STOP WASTING RESOURCES ON A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER THIS COUNTRY.

Ransom collected by Jonathan & his cohorts

How would any sensible Nigerian believe what Jonathan says that: "Boko Haram is a faceless terrorist group".
The question here is, who collected the ransom on behalf of this "faceless BH ghosts"?
Answer: Jonathan and the members of BH in his government, which all Nigerians were told about some couples of months ago.

From my own point of view: Jonathan and his cohorts in government have devised another way of siphoning Nigerian money by collaborating with both BH members in his government and actual BH members in Maiduguri/Chad to demand for ransom from white-skined citizens of European countries.

A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE.

Ransom collected by Jonathan & his cohorts

How would any sensible Nigerian believe what Jonathan says that: "Boko Haram is a faceless terrorist group".
The question here is, who collected the ransom on behalf of this "faceless BH ghosts"?
Answer: Jonathan and the members of BH in his government, which all Nigerians were told about some couples of months ago.

From my own point of view: Jonathan and his cohorts in government have devised another way of siphoning Nigerian money by collaborating with both BH members in his government and actual BH members in Maiduguri/Chad to demand for ransom from white-skined citizens of European countries.

A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE.

keep

Pig, keep hating the igbos. Even if u see igbos as evil, they are necessary evils you can't do without. It is this same fear of igbo dominance that made awolowo order genocide on the igbos and yet they are far better of than ur two faced ,betrayal mongo parks. Don't go n look for what to do, keep wasting ur time hating pple that r far better than you. Onuku odeko

Yes,it's GEJ style!

Mr GEJ did say that the hostages were alive even when video clip of dead hostages was released.Where did he get the confidence to tell the whole world that the french family was alive if not that negotiation was ongoing for the ransome.Lazy and clueless people GEJ surround himself with.Boston bomber was tracked down by intelligence gathering not by military incursion,Nigerians are intelligent people,not the bootlickers in charge of GEJ intelligence and crime management .

stupid konko

For how long will u remain a sacrificial lamb for the abokis.wake up and stop serving an inferior master like black mallams.The very list class on the humanity ladder.

How did Sultan get

Ha ha ha! How much was Sultan's cut as chief operating officer of boko haram?

That someone u don't know is

That someone u don't know is posting something on this forum that join ss& SE together does not mean that u ar already with them or insult a great people, u hate the Igbos no doubt about that.No one is forcing u to join them and no one is stoping u from joining the Abokis as u call them, but don't insult a great people who has taken a lot from Your Nigeria and still stand, if your people go through what this great people has gone through in Nigeria you won't survive it. Money worshiping people, today it is clear in Nigeria why we are suffering.Are the money been stolen by the Igbos?do want to go ahead and name Nigerias main thieves and see how many Igbos. And when has all Nigeria who dont love and worship money gathered and say we don't want money lets hand them over to the Igbos because they love and worship money. BEHAVE. The little trace of unity today in Nigeria is because of the Igbos, apart from the unity and congregation of looters at the top

SE should count SS resources out!SE should control theirs

@Akpos1,when did SS oil becomes SE resources?the sooner you realize that having a boarder doesnt mean we should share our resources with SE the better.Up republic of Nigeria.

Now Sambo & Jonathan can see

Now Sambo & Jonathan can see that Boko Haram can raise their own money to fund their war of liberation. Instead of depending on our oil money from SS SE they can raise hard currency from bank robberies, raids on police stations, street begging, Al-Quaeda, Iran, hostage taking, etc. If they can raise a whopping sum of $3,000,000 from taking only one bature household image what happens if they succeed in hijacking a plane load of Oyibos. Somali Mohammedans used to hijack rich merchant ships off the Indian Ocean. They didn't need anybody's oil money to carry out their deadly assaults on infidels. So their is hope for Boko Haram.

this ransom explains BH "amnesty" position

now we know why BH refused "amnesty" from Jona and offered him their own "amnesty" in return: they can damn well afford it. BH now possess sufficient fund to "amnesty" any body they like to. poor Jona instead, he needs to collect World Bank loan first, before he can "amnesty" such a large group like BH comprising many jobless, uneducated and resentfuls. also, even federal budget cannot bear the cost to appoint all BH leaders as special assistants for northern affair. this "amnesty" business can become seriously too expensive.

so, probably the much that PDP can do is just continue to "amnesty" itself and also invest in more bulletproof.

Konko, stay with the message

Konko, stay with the message and leave the messenger and his tribe. Ibos don't need to go with any other tribe or region to survive if this contraption implodes. Your so called ss has been aligning with the abokis according to you since 1967. Does the end result look good. Ibos don't need oil to survive. Many African countries don't have oil and Nigerian troop to them for better life. Oil does not make a prosperous nation. Ask Japan and many other nations. It is the human capital. The se has it in abundance compared to your hate tribe. Why not remove the log in your eyes first? Assh#$e.

jihad ko jihad ni

Voila, hope by now most abokis will be facepalming and headscratching but more importantly realize that boko who presumably is championing their cause is nothing less than a kidnapping org whose major objective is to make money for a very few. All the talk about jihad is to blindfold their supporter's club. Boko na ashawo if the price is right in go open leg!

Government Need to Stop these Fools

The Earlier Gov't does something about these Boko Haram the better for our dear country.Well Anyone interested in joining an online Opportunity that pays you handsomely, you don't even need to Recruit anyone to get paid, Have a Tour- http://main1.stiforpmovie.com/ If you have any Question, join and you will see where to get through to me.

@konko

WHAT ARE SAYING? SS BELONGS TO IGBOS. NA ABOKI SAVE YOU DURING CIVIL WAR. WE COULD HAVE FINISHED YOU. IDIOT. DRUNKEN FISHERMAN, SON OF JOBATHAN.

MORE THAN ENOUGH TO RESUPPLY BH ARSENAL FOR 2YEARS

The disadvantage of yielding to blackmail is going to be felt by Nigerians.If this report is true then Boko-Haram has enough to acquire more weapons for at least 2 years.
The poor masses of this country will continue to be at the receiving end of this indecisive and unprincipled approach to this issue.

Really!

@konko you really mean igbos worship money? Wow, then the Yorubas and Hausas that have stolen the nation blind are money demon possessed and are eternally irredemable..... At least igbos worship money but the work hard, they do!!!

This character called Akpos1

This character called Akpos1 doesn't stop to amuse me with his posts on this forum and I am almost 100% sure he's Ibo, hence the attempt to always fuse himself with the south south. Why don't you for once talk about your own SE republic and leave the SS alone. For your information, the SS will rather do business with the Abokis rather than have anything to do with you unGodly, money worshiping Ibos. A word is enough for the wise!

Smell a rat! A government

Smell a rat! A government that claims these guys are ghost has now paid them a whooping 400m. Who collected the money on their behalf? Oh sorry, some wise inner caucus guys paid themselves after the ghosts released the captors unconditionally. Hmmn!

SHAME ON YOU, BEGGING

SHAME ON YOU, BEGGING TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS BOKO HARAM FOR A CEASE FIRE. WHAT A NATION, WHAT A PEOPLE. YOU ARE HORRIBLE, DESPICABLE FOR COW TOEING TO BOKO HARAM. IF THE GOVERNMENT AND AS MATTER OF FACT ANY DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, FAILS TO OBLITERATE CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS LIKE BOKO HARAM WITH MILITARY INCISION, THEN THAT GOVERNMENT HAS FORFIETED ITS RIGHT AND AUTHORITY TO RULE AND GORVERN AND DESERVE TO FORFIET THEIR RIGHT TO RULE AND GORVERN. IF THE GORVERNMENT PUSHES AHEAD WITH THIS AMNESTY, THEY WILL NOT ONLY REGRET IT, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE OPENNING THE GATE OF HELL. THEY WILL BE TELLING ALL AND SUNDRY THAT TERRORISM AND CRIMINALITY PAY VERY HUGE DIVIDENTS. THE GORVERNMENT WILL ALSO BE INSTUTIONALISING TERRORISM AND CRIMINALITY.

Time 4 SS&SE spring is NOW!..Time 2 control our resources is NOW

Good! Now that you use the oil money from the SS&SE to pay boko haram,do you expect MEND to applaud? Do you expect the citizens of the country of the United Republic of the SS&SE to be happy? That their oil money is spent on Terrorists who bomb worshippers in Churches & students in classrooms?

...Every one who has ears MUST hear & he who has brains MUST understand - that peace in not the absense of war but the presence of justice.

Only last month, Chevron & Shell spilled oil into our waters. Up till now, no single kobo has been paid to the indigent peoples/natives. No clean up either. But you pay from the proceeds of the same oil which spilled into our drinking water to pay Terrorists because the lives of the 7 French are more important than that of the Olomoro in Isoko South.MEND & MASSOB take note. We shall see. God bless d United Rep of the SS&SE

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