Abduction: Boko Haram frees UNIMAID lecturers, 10 Police wives

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Three lecturers of the University of Maiduguri kidnapped during a mining exploration by Boko Haram have been released.

Also freed by the terrorists are 10 women, kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military/police convoy on Damboa road, near Maiduguri.

Senior Special Assistant (media) to the president Garba Shehu said the release followed a series of negotiations as directed by President Buhari.

He added that a team of doctors and psychologists has been placed on standby. Saying 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.

Meanwhile the Department of State Services, DSS had earlier briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the release, following negotiations, with the terrorists. The International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC were also involved.

The DSS said all the 13 rescued persons are in the custody of the service and on their way to Abuja with the assistance of the Nigerian Army and the Air Force,

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 urged the DSS and the Nigerian Army to intensify efforts to bring home the remaining Chibok Girls still in the custody of the terrorists; he also commended the effort of the service in making the release possible.

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