In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 05th, October, 2020

ISWAP Frees 5 Kidnapped Borno Officers

ISWAP Frees Five Abducted Borno Officials


ISWAP Frees 5 Kidnapped Borno Officers

5 officers of a Borno State authorities ministry who had been kidnapped whereas travelling between Maiduguri and Monguno final month have been let out by the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram.

The officers who work with the state ministry for reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement (RRR) had appeared in a video days in the past, pleading with the state authorities to return to their support.

Premium Instances reported that the Borno officers regained their freedom after Ms. Ummul-Kalthum Abdurrahman, the chief govt officer of Kalthum Basis for Peace (KFP) intervened.  A supply additionally advised the publication that the ISWAP members had mistaken the civil servants for NGO employees.

He stated;

“They initially thought the 5 abductees had been employees of some NGOs.

“However they needed to change their minds once they realised that they had been solely junior staffers, largely labourers engaged by the ministry of RRR.”

Ms Kalthum additionally disclosed that the 5 abductees regained their freedom with none cost of ransom.

She stated;

“All I do know was that each the state authorities in addition to the households of the abductees contacted us to help.

“Later, we bought a communication from the insurgents by means of some contacts, they usually threatened to take their lives ought to we not act on time to save lots of them. They knowledgeable us that they’d agreed to spare their lives however that the amnesty would solely final for some days.

“So, with the assist of the state authorities, the DSS and the army, we had been in a position to mobilise and transfer to the placement they cited for us to fulfill them. They gave a robust warning by no means to permit any safety personnel to return near the purpose of receiving the freed abductee.

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“I have no idea about the place the insurgents had been preserving the abductees, however the Kareto space was simply the place they agreed at hand over the abductees.

“Once we requested the abductees, they stated they’d travelled for a number of hours to get to that location. One in every of them stated they took them far past the shores of Lake Chad.”

Borno State Chairperson of SEMA, Yabawa Kolo additionally confirmed that the Ministry officers have regained freedom.

She stated;

“Sure, they’ve launched them, and now we have simply reunited them with their households. However you possibly can observe up with the ministry of RRR for different particulars concerning the optimistic growth.”


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