A statement from Colonel Muhammad Dole, Chief of Military Public Information, HQ MNJTF Ndjamena Chad, said 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.
The statement reads: “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.”
According to the statement, the nurse was able to escape after bombs and rockets from military aircrafts landed in one of the terrorists’ camps and everywhere exploded in flames, making both terrorists and hostages to run for their lives.
“The nurse took that advantage to escape and 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 its determination to provide security and facilitate development efforts being spearheaded by the respective national governments and international development partners,” the statement added.