The Cameroonian government says twenty seven of its nationals held hostage by Islamist sect, Boko Haram have been released in the earlier hours of Saturday, October 11, 2014, among which were ten Chinese construction workers and the wife of a deputy prime minister, according to a News 24 report.
The official statement on the case released from the presidents’s office which was read on state radio said the Chinese nationals were abducted from their base in Waza area of northern Cameroon in May while the wife of Amadou Ali, a deputy prime minister in cameroon was attacked in Kolofata in July.
Though Boko Haram has not yet claimed responsibility for the abductions, reports say the insurgent group has been trying to expand operations following regional efforts of government in curbing their activities.
The government of Cameroon said that no ransom was paid to secure their release.
It would be recalled that the deputy prime minister’s wife was said to have been released within within two days of her being kidnapped. This new information conflicts with BBC reports which was obviously planted by the Cameroonian government at the time to give the impression of an efficient fighting force.
The wife of the Vice Prime Minister of Cameroon, Amadou Ali who was kidnapped on Sunday, July 27, 2014 alongside a traditional ruler of Kolofata town. About six people were killed during the abduction.
According to BBC which quoted Cameroon information minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, 16 people died during the imaginary rescue operations on July 29, 2014 that “lasted for several hours”.