Crime and Security

Boko Haram abducts Plateau aid worker, Jennifer Samuel

Boko Haram abducts Plateau aid worker, Jennifer Samuel


Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State have abducted an aid worker, Jennifer Ukambong Samuel an indigene of Bokkos LGA of Plateau state.

Jennifer, said to be an orphan, was abducted along with several others, including Hannatu Sebastin Ishaya, during an ambush along Monguno-Maiduguri road on Sunday, Dec. 22.

A member of the House of Representatives from Mangu/Bokkos constituency, Solomon Maren, condemned the kidnap of Jennifer, working with Alliance for International Medical Action.

“This happened on the day she was marking the 1st remembrance of her father’s demise.  This came as a brutal shock to us, and as a representative of the peaceful people of this constituency, my heart bleeds.

“This is particularly so as reports say another indigene of Bokkos was three weeks ago kidnapped by the same insurgents in the North-East.

“I am pained that for the third time in three months, four of my innocent constituents have been abducted by Boko Haram in Borno. These are harmless citizens who by reason of their professional callings have found themselves working in the troubled region, providing humanitarian help to victims of insurgency.

“Mr Lawrence Duna Dacighir and Godfrey Ali Shikagham, both carpenters from Mangu Local Government Area, working with an international NGO were publicly executed in a widely circulated video in October 2019,” he said.

Maren stated that the entire Mangu-Bokkos constituency had yet to recover from the experience and now they were confronted with abduction of Miss Jennifer Ukambong.

According to the lawmaker, these abductions among many instances show the level of security challenges being experienced in the country.

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