From Steve Oko, Umuahia
As mixed reactionsA�on WednesdayA�trailed the release of 101 of the abducted 110 Dapchi schoolgirls, a human rights activist, Comrade Paul Njoku, has accused the Federal Government of empowering terrorists by paying ransom to secure freedom for victims.
Njoku told journalists in Umuahia after the abducted school girls were released that “there was more than meets the eye in the whole abduction saga.”
He faulted the government’s approach of negotiating with terrorists, saying that “President Muhammadu Buhari should be ready to tell Nigerians how much he paid the abductors” to secure the release of the girls.
The activist said that he was made to believe that the government paid ransom before the girls were released because most Boko Haram victims who regained their freedom in the past did so after huge ransoms were paid like in the case of the Chibok girls.
The government however said that it did not pay any ransom to the insurgents.
Njoku insisted that payment of ransom to terrorists would only embolden them to carry out more abduction instead of bringing any solution.
According to him, it is more worrisome when some top commanders of Boko Haram already in military/police custody are released in exchange of abducted victims.
He also said the entire saga looked like ” a stage managed operation to score a political point”, wondering how the abductors who brought back the victims on broad day light could disappear without a trace.
The right activist also said the security agencies were yet to come clean of the claims by the Amnesty International that both the Army and the Police hierarchies got information about the abduction before the incident.
He urged the international community to investigate the circumstances surrounding the abduction and release of the Daptchi schoolgirls as well as Chibok girls for possible clue to the sponsors of Boko Haram.