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Aussie negotiator squeezed for Chibok girls freedom funds

05 September 2014, 08:58

Abuja - A pressure group has called for the recovery of funds paid to an Australian negotiator following the failure to secure the release of the more than 200 schoolgirls Boko Haram sect kidnapped in Borno State in April.

The Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN) demanded the full refund of all the money paid to the negotiator, Davis Stephen, for the release of the Chibok girls, since he had failed to secure their liberty.

President of the group,  Chief Udo Udeogaranya, alleged  that the negotiator, "failed woefully" in the assigned mission to free the abducted girls, instead resorted to "name dropping" as a decoy for services rendered.

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Udeogaranya said that for the negotiator to claim that Boko Haram leaders told him that certain individuals were their sponsors underscored him as lacking in depth.

He persuaded the Federal Government not to relent in securing full refund of the nation's hard-earned money.

Udeogaranya also urged individuals allegedly defamed by the Australian hostage negotiator to sue him "without hesitation."

"We remain grateful for the dogged fight our government is staging against terrorism and condemned the opposition party for playing politics in matters relating to terrorism, because terror is no man's brother, sister or friend. Therefore the fight against terrorism, is a fight for all," he said.

- CAJ News

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