Department of State Service, DSS, yesterday, said that three University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) staffers who were abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State, during an exploration trip with officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in July 25, 2017, have been released.
According to the DSS, also freed were 10 women kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military/police convoy on Damboa road, near Maiduguri.
The DSS, while briefing President Muhammadu Buhari, said the release followed negotiations facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC.
“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”, a DSS source said.
In anticipation of their being brought to the DSS headquarters, a team of doctors and psychologists was said to have been put 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 source 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 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”.