ICC Note: The wife and daughter of a northern Nigerian traditional Muslim leader have been rescued from captivity in the hands of Islamist terror group Boko Haram. The ladies hail from the family of Alhaji Umar Ibn Kyari El-Kanemi, the Shehu of Bama. Boko Haram abducted them roughly two years ago when their town fell to the insurgents. El-Kanemi’s son, who was also abducted with the women, was killed while in captivity. The wife and daughter were rescued during an operation carried out by Nigerian forces. These are just two of the thousands of people that Boko Haram has abducted since their insurgency in 2009. Boko Haram is known for killing, raping, and abducting women to marry off to fighters, often targeting Christians with this type of horror.
07/26/2016, Maiduguri, Nigeria (AllAfrica) – The wife and daughter of Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Umar Ibn Kyari El-Kanemi, abducted by Boko Haram about two years ago during the capture of the town yesterday regained their freedom.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, was said to have brought the queen and her daughter to the Shehu of Bama’s abode in Maiduguri at about 1:30p.m.
The release of the two, was greeted with wide jubilation by members of the royal family as some of those present at the Shehu’s abode when they were brought could not resist shedding tears of joy.
The now freed Queen Hajju was abducted along with two of her children, a boy and a girl when the town fell to the insurgents two years ago.