One hundred and ninety seven days after they were kidnapped by Boko Haram, three lecturers of University of Maiduguri have regained their freedom.
The lecturers were part of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil exploration team on an assignment in the Lake Chad Basin area when they were abducted by Boko Haram members.
The lecturers were released alongside 10 women police officers abducted on October 14 , 2017 by the terrorists.
Their release was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
According to a statement by the ICRC, the operation in north-east Nigeria, with the ICRC acting as a neutral intermediary, was carried out at the request of the parties to the ongoing armed conflict.
“We are so pleased that these 13 people are free and will be able to see their families again,” said Patrick Youssef, Deputy Regional Director for Africa.