Embattled French president Francois Holland has said no ransom was paid to Militant Nigerian Islamists group Boko Haram before they freed 7 French hostages they kidnapped on February 19th. President Hollande expressed his gratitude to Cameroonian and Nigerian officials for the role they played in the release of the French family. All 7 hostages released on the night of Thursday April 18th, were unharmed.
In a statement, the French presidented noted “ We did not pay any ransom. The circumstances of the release of the kidnapped family are still unclear this Friday morning. The seven hostages were captured while they were on vacation in the Waza Park…” situated in Northern Cameroon.
An earlier statement signed by Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, Secretary General at the presidency in Cameroon on behalf of president Paul Biya confirmed the release of the hostages.
Tanguy Moulin Fournier, his wife Albane, her brother and their four children Eloi 12, Andeol 10, Mael 8 and Clarence 5 were taken to the French embassy in Yaounde earlier today.
The French Foreigh Minister Laurent Fabius is now flying to Cameroon with an official Plane to take the hostages back to France.
Reports from France say after the successful campaign against islamist militants in Mali, the ratings of French president Francoise Hollande will be improved slightly following the release of the hostages.
Boko Haram had been insisting it will only free the hostages when their members held in detention in Cameroon and Nigeria were released.
The statements of the three governments involved, Cameroon, Nigeria and France did not mention anything about meeting the demands of the militants.