The Department of State Services (DSS) has briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the release, through negotiations, of three University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) lecturers abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.
The presidential aide disclosed that also released from the Boko Haram captivity were 10 women, kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military/police convoy on Damboa road, near Maiduguri.
He said their release followed a series of negotiations as directed by Prxesident Buhari and was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC.
“According to the brief given by the DSS, 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.
“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.
“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,’’ Shehu further stated.
He said the President commended all those who in one way or the other helped in making the release possible.
Shehu quoted the President as urging the DSS and the Nigerian Army to intensify efforts to bring home the remaining 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 saga to an end.