Boko Haram releases university lecturers, policewomen

UNIMAID staff abducted by Boko Haram

The Department of State Security Services, SSS, on Saturday told President Muhammadu Buhari that three University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, lecturers abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State, have been released.

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.

“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 b

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.

“The Director-General, Malam Lawal Daura, assured the President that they were working hard to bring home the remaining girls and, as soon as possible, bring the Chibok Girls to an end,” Mr. Shehu said.


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  • forestgee

    They will never disclose how much was paid and what “Middle Men” collected.

    • FineBoy

      Call Red Cross to verify

    • Ajibo

      Whatever they might have paid the fact remains that these people have have regained their freedom from the bad people,they can now go back to their and enjoy the rest of their life

      • I sigh

        Did you say enjoy rest of their lives? who is really enjoying the rest of his life in Nigeria in the presence of APC, Boko Haram and Fulani terrorist Herdsmen?

        • Osakue

          If you have a skill job you will rest well na lazy people they think like this. 170million people right now a cassava farmer is smiling to the bank. Go learn handwork and stop complaining

          • I sigh

            That bring us to my point and good luck in you farming in the company/mist of the Islamic Fulani terrorist Herdsmen-Boko Haram.

          • Osakue

            If you are outside Nigeria you think the whole of Nigeria in under siege by boko Haram if not news some people in the south and some parts of the north will never know that some parts of the north is under siege. So pls it is not every farm land that is affected by your so called herdsmen. Na we eat meat pass still the first to complain. Just imagine the so called herdsmen stop selling cows you go fit comment for here? Hunger for beef go allow you write?

          • I sigh

            How do you know that I don’t live in Nigeria? Have you heard of the term vegetarian which most Indians are? One farmer killed is the death of all farmers, technically. I am gradually exposing you as a herdsman that you are. You want us to go to farm unprotected so that you will spill more blood.

          • Osakue

            My name is Dennis Osakue for you bcos you are fake news you most use a fake name so you can hide abi! I live in Lagos Nigeria the most exciting city in the world. I advise you better run home before then deport you. Ode!

          • I sigh

            You are talking like a psychic wanna-be, but you got it wrong again.

    • Osakue

      If you relative was among the kidnap would you care how much was paid or that your loveone has been freed

  • Annabelle

    Will the government continue to placate criminals or devise a sustainable strategy to stop crime, enforce the law and impose consequences that would deter others from treading that road?

  • Frank Bassey

    Is it the decimated, eradicate and defeated Boko Harm that the Nigerian agent, IRCS, negotiated or another Boko Haram?

  • Jon

    Where did Boko Haram keep them all these days? Inside Nigeria or abroad? Do those Professors know where they were kept? Did they blindfold them throughout the ordeal as not to know where they were kept.?

    • Osakue

      Bin laden was living right next to the Pakistan military base nobody knew. Gorilla war is not like normal war my brother

  • share Idea

    Reno said the the FG will soon announce the release of captured people by BH in the midst of public criticisms of Buhari government and he is right with this news.

    • Osakue

      Who the hell is Reno?

  • john peters

    which boko haram,but they said BH has been completely defeated

  • Jideofor Bismillah Akbar

    After they must have raped those ten women mercilessly. Northerners are truly inferior in all aspects. I just hate this people and wish igbos can completely be separated from Northerners so that they don’t continue to contaminate igbos