20 days after Governor Simon Lalong promised to get one of his State indigenes, kidnapped in Borno released, word is that Jennifer Samuel has been freed.
Sadly, her release is coming after another indigene and 100 Level student of Zoology in the University of Maiduguri, 20 years old Lillian Gyang was allegedly abducted by men suspected to be terrorists, along Ben Shek -Maiduguri road last Thursday.
A source told Nigeria Everyday that Jennifer was released Wednesday evening.
It was not clear at press time if a ransom was paid, but our source applauded the agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) for a job well done.
Said the source “(I was) with mother of abducted Aid Worker Jennifer, on Sunday – praying and discussing steps for her daughter (Jennifer’s) release.
“This evening God surprised us. I was alerted with this confidential note about 5.00 p.m: ‘Let me inform you that we have made a breakthrough and rescued about five abductees including the three aid workers. God is faithful.’
“To God be all the glory. Jennifer’s mum and I also spoke on phone soon after Jennifer’s call. We look forward to welcoming her back home by the grace of God. Thanks for standing in the gap in prayer.
“The DSS and others working hard in secret deserve our commendation”, he added.
The five aid workers, including Jennifer and another female were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents on December 22 after they were ambushed between Monguno and Damaturu.
Recall that Governor Simon Lalong, four days after the abduction said his administration is working closely with the Federal Government and security agencies to secure the release of the abducted aid worker, Miss Jennifer Samuel, who hails from Plateau.
Lalong in a statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Dan Manjang, said the State Government would not rest until Miss Jennifer Samuel and her colleagues were released.
He said Miss Jennifer Samuel who works with Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), a humanitarian organisation in the North-East, was allegedly abducted recently in Borno by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
“The Rescue Administration is interested in the welfare of Plateau citizens anywhere in the world.
“Channels of communication have been opened with relevant authorities to secure the release of not only Miss Jennifer Samuel but also other citizens in the captivity of the terrorists,” he said.
The governor encouraged the family of Jennifer to remain prayerful and hopeful as nothing was being left to chance to secure her freedom.