The Nigerian army has rescued the wife and daughter of the Shehu of Bama, Umar Ibn Kyari El-Kanemi, who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists about two years ago when the town was captured.
The General Officer Commanding, GOC, of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Victor Ezugwu, reportedly brought the queen and her daughter to the abode of the traditional ruler in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Monday.
Their rescue was greeted with wide jubilation by members of the royal family and some of those present when they were returned home could not help but shed tears of joy.
The Shehu’s wife was abducted along with two of her children, a boy and a girl, but her son had died while in captivity.
It was learnt that the queen and her daughter were rescued during a military operation in the Damboa axis of the state.
A source at the Maiduguri residence of the paramount ruler said the Shehu could not hold back tears of joy on sighting the queen and his daughter.
The Shehu’s abode turned into a carnival of sorts as the news of the queen’s rescue spread around town, with many trooping to felicitate with him.
Among the early callers at the residence was the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa and the wife of Borno State Governor, Nana Shettima.