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Pastor, teacher regain freedom after 7months in Boko Haram captivity


A pastor with the Living Faith Ministries (aka Winners’ Chapel) has been released by Boko Haram after spending seven months in the terrorists’ den.

The 58-year-old pastor, Moses Oyeleke, was abducted by Boko Haram fighters on April 10 this year while traveling to Chibok to distribute relief materials.

Oyeleke regained his freedom on Sunday alongside another woman, Ndagilaya Umar, a teacher at Government Science Secondary School, Askira Uba, also in Borno State.

Umar said she was held for nine months.

Their freedom was made possible by some local non-governmental agencies who worked in collaboration with the Borno State Government to secure their release.

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Their release was secured through the efforts of Governor Babagana Zulum and two Non-Governmental Organisations.

The Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services were also involved in providing logistics and intelligence for their release.

The pastor and the woman were on Monday handed over to the Borno Deputy Governor, Usman Kadafur.

Kadafur said the duo would undergo medical examinations and all necessary procedures to ascertain their physical and mental fitness.

He also thanked the local negotiators and security operatives that took part in the successful proceedings and assured them that the state government would continue to explore the path of dialogue with the insurgents.

The victims commended the security agencies and Kaltum Foundation for securing their release.

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