Abuja - Boko Haram is seeking a ransom of nearly $50m for the release of the 219 schoolgirls that it kidnapped from the Nigerian town of Chibok two years ago, reports The Sunday Telegraph.
The group issued the demand during secret contacts with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has said he is willing to negotiate for the girls' freedom.
Details of the new ransom request emerged ahead of the second anniversary of the girls kidnapping on the night of April 14, 2014.
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The ransom demand has, however, split the government.
Some officials think it would be worth it just to resolve the Chibok situation, but others say it will simply allow Boko Haram to hire yet more insurgent recruits.
The group's leader, Abubakr Shekau, had previously demanded the release of jailed comrades in exchange for the girls.
Read more at The Sunday Telegraph.
- News 24