Umar Halima, a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member, who was abducted in January by the Boko Haram terrorist group, has been released.
She was freed following a deal with the sect.
Following her release, Halima was taken to the Office of the Deputy Governor of Borno State alongside military men led by Brig. Gen. Abdulmalik Biu, the GOC 7 Division, to hand her over to the state government to reunite with her family.
Gen. Biu while briefing Umar Kadafur, the Deputy Governor, revealed that she was rescued following efforts by the Government of Borno State, security agencies and others.
She was doing her NYSC at the Borno State Ministry of Finance when she was abducted on her way to Gwoza.
Responding, the deputy governor commended the military for a job well done. He further expressed gratitude that the first effort of the new government in the state towards a non-violent solution to the lingering Boko Haram insurgency has yielded desired result.
Speaking further, he said that Halima’s freedom has reinforced the state government to secure the release of the remaining Chibok School girls who are still under the captivity of Boko Haram.
“We know she may have missed most parts of her NYSC programme, but the Borno State Government would do everything to ensure she gets the best supports she needs to reintegrate in the society,” Kadafur said.
Ms. Halima in her emotional statement said; “I thank God and the military that rescued me.”
Mr. Ahmed Salkida, a journalist with sources inside the Boko Haram, and Khaltum Rabiu, the founder of Khaltum Foundation for Peace, were reportedly part of the negotiation that led to Halima’s freedom.
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