Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong and a lawmaker representing Mangu-Bokkos federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Engr. Solomon Maren, have applauded security agencies for working tirelessly for the released of three aid workers and two civilians, including Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, a nurse, all of whom were abducted in the North East.
Lalong, in a statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Simon Macham, expressed satisfaction with the development.
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He appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his support in ensuring that those in captivity are set free as he takes on terror groups and other criminals.
Lalong had given assurances to the family of Jennifer that the state government would work with all necessary agencies to secure her release when he sent a delegation to the nurse’s family led by the Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Mr Sylvester Wallangko.
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He said that efforts to rescue other Plateau citizens still being held by terror group Boko Haram are ongoing and asked the victims’ families and the people of the state to continue to pray and support the government and security agencies with useful information that will assist in their quick release.
Lalong said more security measures are being taken to tackle incidences of crime and to prevent attacks on innocent citizens.
House member Maren in a separate statement saluted the courage of the security agencies which have made sacrifices to protect the country from criminals.
“On behalf of the entire peace-loving people of Mangu/Bokkos Federal constituency, I wish to express my deep appreciations to all those who played various roles in facilitating the release of our dear daughter, Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel from Boko Haram captivity,” he said in the statement.
“Jennifer was abducted with four others along Monguno-Maiduguri road on December 22, 2019, by Boko Haram, the day she was marking the 21st anniversary of her dear father’s demise.
“We immediately started advocating for her rescue and yesterday January 15, 2020, at about 5 pm, the joyful news came that she and her fellow hostages had regained freedom.”
He noted that his joy and that of Jennifer’s family knows no bounds and lauded the courage and bravery of the Armed Forces and the Department of State Services.