March 21st, 2018
Yan St-Pierre, a counter-terrorism specialist with the Modern Security Consulting Group in Berlin, said the Dapchi girls’ release was not without precedent. Earlier this year, a number of hostages, including university lecturers, were freed. But he said the latest release was “casual enough to raise a lot of questions, especially about the payment”. “If they did pay, the Nigerian government likely paid a premium to accelerate the release in order to avoid another Chibok,” he added.
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