The Nigerian military have freed wife of the Emir of Bama after the two years in captivity of the deadly Boko Haram sect. Bama town was overran by the terrorists in Borno state, northeast Nigeria in 2014. READ ALSO: “We have dealt with Boko Haram in north-east”.BOKO HARAM

Nigerian army Emir’s wife Queen Hajju was taken from her husband’s domain in September 2014 with two of her kids, a teenage boy and his baby sister. Major General Victor Ezugwu, General Officer Commanding, 7th Division, handed over the freed woman to the Emir, Kyari Umar Ibn Elkanemi, in a private family ceremony.

Usman Durkwa, deputy governor, and wife of Governor Kashim Shettima, Nana also witnessed the presentation. Meanwhile, the reporters were banned from covering proceedings at the family compound of the Emir along the old GRA in Maiduguri, where the traditional ruler has been taking refuge ever since Bama was dislodged. According to some family sources, the rescued woman who is in her forties was saved near Damboa road, after ongoing army operations in the area.

“We are happy to see our Queen and her daughter back but it is unfortunate that we learned that Boko Haram killed her son who was kidnapped along with her Mum,” the family source said. The freed woman who returned with only one of the kids she was kidnapped with, reportedly told family members that her teenage son was gruesomely killed by the Boko Haram fighters. It was a tearful reunion as she reunited with her other children and family members. Bama is significant as it is close to the state capital Maiduguri and has witnessed some of the worst violence during the Boko Haram insurgency. The town was retaken from the insurgents in March 2015.
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