The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima on Tuesday disclosed the women kidnapped by the Islamic Boko Haram sect in Bama, successfully escaped.
A group of Boko Haram militants had in the early hours of Friday day attacked the 202 Army Battalion Barracks located in Bama, about 40 kilometers outside Maiduguri town, and killed several women and children.
However according to the governor about three women were taken captive by the sect. “Two or three women were kidnapped and luckily they escaped so is not true that Boko Haram is holding unto women and kids” he told journalists, emerging from a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.
The President had on Friday held an emergency meeting with service chiefs and the inspector general of police, on the attack which is the second in Bama.
Responding to questions on allegation that the barrack is now deserted, Shettima said, ” it is not true. I am the man on ground and I can tell you authoritatively what is happening.
“Women and children normally during crisis are moved to safer locations but the soldiers are on ground, they are right now in Bama and are doing their job very well”.
On the fact that the end to the crisis may not be in sight yet he said, “the federal government is doing its best. I’m just her to brief Mr. President of what transpired in Bama, I believe that very soon this issue will be frontally addressed and it will be a thing of the past”.