The residents of Gombi town in Adamawa state have expressed joy over the release of Nitsch Robert, the German kidnapped in the town by Boko Haram members in July, 2014.
Mr. Robert was freed following an operation by Cameroon’s military and its allies. He was a teacher undergoing vocational training in Gombi town prior to his kidnap.
A cross-section of the residents who spoke said they were happy to hear the news of his release Tuesday night in a special operation led by Cameroonian army along with security services of friendly nations.
“We are happy to hear the news that Robert has been released; many of us could not control tears of joy when we heard the news,” Abubakar Adamu, a resident said.
He added the residents hoped someday, Mr. Robert would return to the town.
Another resident who identified himself as Joel Dogo said the news of Mr. Robert’s release came to him as a big relief.
“It’s one of the happiest moments of my life. Robert is a good man and I can remember the last time he repaired our borehole shortly before his kidnap. That borehole is now faulty and we have no one to repair it. We missed Robert but we are happy he is finally free,” Mr. Dogo said.
Boko Haram has unleashed a bloody campaign to create an Islamic Emirate in northern Nigeria. It has also carried out a number of kidnappings in Nigeria and across the border in Cameroon, with reports of ransom being paid for hostages.
Disturbed by the ugly trend, the Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, deployed Special Forces along the border to counter the increasing Boko Haram incursions.