A Nigerian nurse who was abducted and kept in one of the Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists strong holds in the Lake Chad bolted to safety and freedom, taking advantage of a joint air interdiction conducted by the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF and national partners.
The Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Col. Muhammed Dole who disclosed this in a statement issued at Ndjamena, Chad on Wednesday, quoted the nurse as saying, “after bombs and rockets from the air crafts 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 reportedly said.
MNJTF spokesperson added that the nurse was able to find his way to a village in Niger Republic where he was promptly handed over to security agents in Sector 4 of the MNJTF.
According to him, 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.
“This is necessary after spending eight 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,” he said. (NAN)