The three lecturers of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) who were abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State, have been released.
They were freed alongside 10 women who were kidnapped in a raid by the terror group on a military/police convoy on Damboa road, near Maiduguri. The women are wives of police officers.
The lecturers and the women were abducted in July 2017 in separate attacks.
This was revealed yesterday when the Department of State Services (DSS) briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on their release. The DSS revealed that it was able to free the abducted persons through negotiation.
According to a statement issued by the senior special assistant on media to the president, Garba Shehu, their release followed a series of negotiations as directed by President Buhari and was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC.
According to the brief given by the DSS, 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, he said 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.
He said, “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.”
The director-general, DSS, Malam Lawal Daura, assured the president that the service was working hard to bring home the remaining Chibok school girls and bring the saga to an end.
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