- President Buhari welcomes release
The three lecturers of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) abducted by Book Haram terrorists in Borno State last year have regained their freedom.
The Presidential spokesperson, Mr. Garba Shehu in a statement on said the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday, briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of the lecturers abducted by the terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State.
Shehu stated that their release alongside ten women kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military/police convoy on Damboa road, near Maiduguri was as a result of the unrelenting efforts of the Federal Government to ensure their freedom through series of negotiation which was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
According to the brief given by the DSS, he said, all the 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,” Shehu stated.
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 while he commended all those who in one way or the other helped in making the release possible.
He said President Buhari also urged the DSS and the Nigerian Army to intensify efforts to bring home the remaining Chibok girls still in the custody of the terrorists.
In response, he stated, the Director-General of DSS, 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.