President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met the recently released three University of Maiduguri lecturers and the 10 women abducted by insurgents in the Northeast.
Buhari reportedly restated the government’s commitments in rescuing all those abducted by Boko Haram, including the recently kidnapped 00 secondary school girls from Dapchi during the meeting which was held on Monday in Abuja.
All 13 persons were part of the oil exploration team ambushed by Boko Haram on Tuesday, July 25, 2015.
Channels report that the President also instructed the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) to issue a certificate of completion to one of the women who was serving at the time of her abduction.
It is understood that the abductees have all been medically examined, treated, psychologically evaluated and are ready to be reunited with their families.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said in a statement that those freed were “10 women police officers and three university professors”.
“We are so pleased that these 13 people are free and will be able to see their families again,” the ICRC’s Deputy Regional Director for Africa, Patrick Youssef, said.
Although it facilitated the handover of the freed persons, the ICRC said it was not involved in the negotiations that led to their release.
“The armed opposition handed the 13 people over to ICRC representatives who transported them to Nigerian authorities,” it said.
“This action was similar to what the ICRC did in October 2016 and May 2017, when we transported the released “Chibok girls” to Nigerian officials.”