By Raymond Gukas, Jos
The family of the freed abducted aid worker and residents of Plateau have mutilated the news of the release of five aid workers including 26-year-old Jennifer Ukambong Samuel who were recently abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents last December.
The Premium Times, an online newspaper reported that unnamed military sources confirmed this development saying the “workers, two females and three males, were kidnapped on December 22 after a gang of gunmen believed to be Boko Haram terrorists ambushed their vehicle between Monguno and Damaturu” and the release was facilitated by the State Security Service.
“It is a big day for us here in Borno with the release of the five abductees,” one source said, adding the five victims arrived at the SSS office in Maiduguri at about 4 p.m.
The freed lady, it was Learnt, has since communicated with her parents after the release and is in the safe hands of the SSS.
“Two of the abductees were staff of ALIMA, an international NGO, one from Solidarity International, one from International Organization on Migration and one from Red Cross,” the source said.
But the Red Cross and IOM have in separate communications confirmed to Premium Times that none of their staff was among the rescued aid workers.
The spokesperson of the SSS, Peter Afunanya, was quoted as saying that the five aid workers were rescued by the agency by the told PR Nigeria.
The member representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos has since hailed the release of the abducted Plateau aid worker and her other colleagues as he stressed that the country has high hopes of defeating terror.