The Presidency yesterday denied the alleged payment of $21million to Boko Haram leadership for the release of 21 Chibok girls.
It said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had no such money to pay as ransom.
This was revealed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity) to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu,
“As a responsible government that is run on the basis of the constitution and budgets duly appropriated by the National Assembly, we have no such money under any allocation to pay out this outrageous sum of money as ransom.
“Beyond the call of journalism, the newspaper making this charge has a national duty to point how and where this money was paid, and to supply leads as to where the “powerful weapons” were bought by the terrorists.”