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DSS reportedly frees 5 aid workers in rescue operation (Photo)

Five aid workers abducted by the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP along the Monguno-Maiduguri Road, Borno State last year were Wednesday rescued by the Department of State Security, DSS.

Dr Peter Afunanya, spokesman of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services said the agency rescued five aid workers in the captivity of Boko Haram since 22 December, 2019.

In an interview with the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, Afunanya said the rescue operation was carried out in collaboration with other critical stakeholders in military and intelligence services.

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator also confirmed the release on Thursday.

The people were kidnapped by militants posing as soldiers who stopped a convoy of commercial vehicles traveling from Monguno towards the city of Maiduguri, state capital of the northeastern state of Borno

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.

The rescued aid workers include Jennifer Samuel Ukambong of the Alliance for International Medical Action, ALIMA; Asabe Cletus Musa also of ALIMA; Adamu Auwal, Arthur Ibojekwe China of Solidarity International; and George Danbaba Michael of International Organisation for Migration, IOM.

The abduction of Jennifer Samuel Ukambong, an orphan, who is from Bokkos LGA of Plateau State was brought to public attention the man representing her constituency in the House of Representatives, solomon Maren.

Jennifer Samuel Ukambong

“This happened on the day she was marking the 1st remembrance of her father’s demise”, said Maren.

There was no word yet on Hannatu Sebastin Ishaya who was also abducted with her.

 
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