Boko Haram Releases Three UNIMAID Lecturers, Ten Abducted Police Women
THREE University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) staff abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State, and ten women kidnapped during separate ambushes have been freed, Presidency can confirm.
Also released are 10 women, kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military/police convoy on Damboa road, near Maiduguri.
The university lecturers were abducted by the group while conducting oil prospective in the Lake Chad area on behalf of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Some of their colleagues were killed during the abduction in 2017.
Also, the women some of whom are policewomen were going to bury some of their own a sergeant who died of natural causes in Lassa when their convoy was ambushed on Damboa road, by the insurgents last year and they were taken into captivity.
“Their release followed a series of negotiations as directed by President Buhari and was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC,” said Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson in a statement on Saturday.
Mr. Shehu said according to the brief given by the SSS, all 13 rescued persons are in the custody of the service and are on their way to Abuja with the assistance of the Nigerian Army and the Air Force.
“In expectation of their being brought to the DSS headquarters, a team of doctors and psychologists has been placed on standby. The rescued persons may be presented to the President and thereafter released to their families, if there are no issues of security or medical concerns.
“The President, who got step by step progress reports on the lengthy negotiations while they took place, received the good news with a lot of happiness. He commended all those who in one way or the other helped in making the release possible.
“He then urged the DSS and the Nigerian Army to intensify efforts to bring home the remaining Chibok Girls still in the custody of the terrorists.