By Marie-Therese Nanlong – Jos
An appeal has been made to the federal government to spare nothing to free the abducted Plateau State indigene, Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel and others who were abducted last week by Boko Haram in Borno State.
Best Rebetmun Shankat, a Nurse by discipline, who narrowly escaped being abducted confirmed Miss Samuel was abducted while on transit from Monguno to Maiduguri on the 22nd of December, 2019.
Shankat told Vanguard the victim was taken alongside others because her ID was picked in the car which they both travelled with but the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong whose Commissioner had visited the mother of the victim has assured of his commitment to work with relevant agencies for her safe return.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governorship Candidate in the 2019 election, Senator Jeremiah Useni has tasked the federal government to ensure her safe return.
Useni in a statement signed by his Media Consultant, Yiljap Abraham, said, “It is painful to see many Plateau patriots captured away from home in the line of duty, and some, like Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham, both from Mangu LGA, have had to pay the supreme price in the hands of the insurgents in Borno State.
“It is all the more disturbing when the reasons for these kidnap and gruesome killings are tied to religious differences and as revenge for other killings outside the Nigerian borders.
“I call on the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to impress it on the Armed forces and all security services, the good people of Borno and surrounding States, as well as friendly nations to secure the release of Miss Samuel as well as the freedom of many other Nigerians in captivity.
“Mr President, rise with all the valour from your training and the powers of your office to put an end to these impunities by hostile forces that want to keep this nation in perpetual fear. I am also disturbed by a report that another Plateau citizen Bashir Abdulhamid with the Primary Health Care Department of Kanam LGA is among those captured by the insurgents. Bashir’s family and all of us must remain calm and strengthened in the hope that his ordeal will help to raise the kind of aid and action that will give peace to our land and our hearts.
“It is indeed reprehensible and unacceptable to kidnap or take the lives of people who are out and about their legitimate and official activities to promote the good of the nation and the welfare of citizens.”