The Defence Headquarters DHQ, has today 27th August 2020 announced that the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, has successfully facilitated the escape and return of a Nigerian nurse who was abducted since January 2020 by the The Islamic State in West Africa or the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, but most known by the common alias Boko Haram. The jihadist terrorists have been targeting the professionals, aid workers and expatriates for ransom to fund their activities in the northeastern vestiges of Nigeria, as well as Chad, Niger, and Cameroun.
The news was broken yesterday, by Colonel Muhammad Dole who is Chief of Military Public Information of the Headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force, Ndjamena, Chad.
The statement from Colonel Dole read thus:
- In consonance with the mandate of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which includes to “Facilitate within the limits of it’s capabilities, humanitarian operations and the delivery of assistance to the affected populations”, the Task Force has facilitated the return of a Nigerian Nurse (name and organization withheld) who was abducted by ISWAP and held in captivity since the beginning of 2020.
- The nurse who was incarcerated in one of ISWAP’s strong holds in the Lake Chad bolted to safety and freedom, in the aftermath of a joint air interdiction conducted by the MNJTF and national partners. According to him, “after bombs and rockets from the aircrafts landed and everywhere exploded in flames, both terrorists and hostages ran for dear life. I had to take my chance. I am grateful to God that I was able to escape”. The nurse then made his way to a village in Niger Republic and was promptly handed over to security agents in Sector 4 of the MNJTF.
- The airlift and hand- over of the nurse to Nigerian authorities was preceded by medical examination conducted to determine the state of health of the victim after spending 8 months in the horrific and squalid conditions which he had to endure during the period of his captivity in ISWAP enclave.
- The MNJTF wishes to reassure populations in the Lake Chad Basin of it’s determination to provide security and facilitate development efforts being spearheaded by the respective national governments and international development partners.