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Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed questions to the UK Government about the recent Boko Haram abductions of schoolgirls and what efforts are being made to secure their release. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) replied.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 March (HL Deb, col 613), what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria to secure the release of Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu who was abducted by Boko Haram; and what progress has been made on securing her release.
The Foreign Secretary spoke to Vice President Osinbajo on 26 February to extend an offer of additional UK assistance, following the abduction of children from a school in Dapchi. Attacks on schools and abductions of children are abhorrent and must stop. We call for the release of all those abducted. It is important that all those released receive appropriate support including for their families.
Hansard source: HL6686
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 March (HL Deb, col 613), whether money was given by the government of Nigeria to Boko Haram to secure the release of school girls in Dapchi; and if so, how much.
The Government of Nigeria has confirmed that the school girls in Dapchi were released through negotiation and that no ransom was paid.
Hansard Source: HL6687
You can see all of Baroness Cox’s written questions and answers here
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