Plateau Boko Haram captives regain freedom

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…Lalong hail FGN, DSS

Miss Jennifer Samuel and four other Plateau ladies that were abducted allegedly by Boko Haram have regained freedom.

The victims were abducted in Maiduguri, Borno state capital since December 22nd 2019 and never had the opportunity to spend the last Christmas and new year with their families.

The Nation learnt that they were released through the intervention of the Department of State Securities (DSS) by 5pm on Wednesday. The strategies used remain highly classified at the moment. However, all four hostages taken along with Jennifer were received and taken to the DSS headquarters in Maiduguri.

Jennifer’s family have been invited to Abuja, where they are expected to meet with officials and possibly, Jennifer herself.

A source in DSS, however, says the freed hostages might not be released to families until they undergo debriefing and medical examination.

Plateau State Governor Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong in appreciation has commended the security agencies particularly the Department of State Services for the rescue of five kidnapped aid workers by the Boko Haram terrorist group including Jennifer Ukambomg Samuel, a nurse from Plateau State.

Governor Lalong in a statement issued by his director of Press Simon Makut says he is excited at this development and thanks President Muhammadu Buhari for his support in ensuring that all those in captivity are set free while the terror group and other criminals are fished out and dealt with.

Lalong had given assurances to the family of Jennifer that the State government will work with all necessary agencies to secure her release when he sent a delegation to the family led by commissioner of Budget and Planning Mr. Sylvester Wallangko.

The Governor says efforts to rescue other citizens of Plateau State still under Boko Haram captivity are ongoing and asked the family and people of Plateau State to continue to pray and support the government and security agencies with useful information that will assist in their quick release.

He also says more security measures are being taken to tackle incidences of criminality and forestall attacks on innocent citizens.

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