Boko Haram militants have freed three University of Maiduguri lecturers and the 10 women abducted from a police convoy in Borno state.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, the victims were set free following a negotiation with the insurgents.
Shehu said President Muhammadu Buhari expressed delight with the with the development during a briefing by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The spokesman further disclosed that the 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.
Recall that the lecturers were abducted by the sect in July 2017 around the Magumeri area of Borno state during a trip on oil exploration, while the women were kidnapped near Damboa, Borno.
“In expectation of their being brought to the DSS headquarters, he said a team of doctors and psychologists has been placed on standby,” the statement reads.
“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.
“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 remaining Chibok Girls still in the custody of the terrorists.
“The Director-General of the DSS, 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.”