- Dele Momodu to hold money in trust
- Garba Shehu says Omokri made money from Leah Shaibu’s campaign
- says Buhari has secured Nigeria
Reno Omokri, a former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged a Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu to visit a specific place in the North without security.
Omokri vowed to pay Shehu the sum of $20,000 if he dares spend a night in Koshobe or Kuari “verified by an independent journalist.”
The former aide was reacting to a statement credited to Shehu that his boss, “Muhammadu Buhari made Nigeria secured.”
“I gave him a challenge that if he should go to Kuari or Koshogbe and I will give him 20,000 if he spends just a night there without security and verified by an independent journalist,” Omokri said in a video posted on his Instagram page on Wednesday.
In response, Shehu tweeted that “If this is the money from the collections made in the name of Leah Sharibu, the unfortunate Christian girl stolen by Boko Haram, I won’t touch it with a long. Please keep “your USD 20,000”.
Omokri fired back accusing Shehu of insulting him by “accusing me of making money from Free Leah Campaign and insulted Leah Sharibu as ‘an unfortunate Christian girl’.”
To show his seriousness, the former aide approached Dele Momodu to oversee the challenge which the Ovation Publisher accepted.
He added. “I have already spoken with a former Presidential candidate, Dele Momodu, and he has agreed to hold the money in trust, and when Garba Shehu goes; it is verified by an independent journalist, we will pay him the money.”
Abduction has been on the rise in the north despite continuous denial by the Federal Government of Nigeria that the jihadist group, Boko Haram and bandits have been technically defeated.
On the 11th of December, over 300 students of the Government Science Secondary School were abducted by heavily armed gunmen who reportedly posed as soldiers.
Though the students regained freedom a week later, the negotiation that led to their freedom remains a mystery.
While praising Mr Buhari, government officials denied that ransom was paid to the kidnappers.
However, Wall Street Journals writes on Thursday quoting three of the abducted boys that Nigeria government actually paid heavily for their release.
The boys reportedly said they were informed by their abductors that they had rejected N30m from the government because they had demanded N344m per head.
“They threatened to release only 30 of us when the 30 million initial ransom was paid,” said 16-year-old Yinusa Idris.
“They even took 30 of us away on motorcycles ready to release,” he said.
Imran Yakubu, a 17-year-old, said the kidnappers told them: “One million naira must be paid per each student…or we will recruit or kill you.”