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Kidnapped Shettima Ali Monguno freed

06 May 2013, 14:01

Borno- Elder statesman Shettima Ali Monguno, who was abducted on Friday has re-united with his family after he was released by the kidnappers on Monday.

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno told newsmen in Maiduguri that Monguno was released by his abductors on Monday morning in Kirenowa, in Marte Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Unknown gun men had abducted the 87-year-old Monguno after Friday prayers at his mosque in Mafoni, Maiduguri.

Shettima, who visited the elder statesman at his Government Reservation Area (GRA) residence explained that no ransom was paid

for his release.

He said, ``We are all elated and overwhelmed to hear of his release.

``I congratulate all of us for his release, hoping that God will give him the good health and strength to continue with his humanitarian gestures.''

The governor said that the abductors of Monguno made contact with the family after several appeals from Nigerians for his release.

He added that the abductors were touched by the numerous appeals and they decided to release him unconditionally.

The governor said, ``They contacted his family after several appeals from Nigerians for his release.

``But his family also made an appeal to the abductors to release him.

``They sent words that he should be picked in the morning, so we sent his personal aides with a vehicle to get him home.''

Shettima insisted that no money was given for the release of the elder statesman as he had no money to give.

He said, ``Obviously Monguno was a philanthropist, who had spent all he had in the cause of humanity.

``So the issue of money was out of it because the family had no money to pay. ``It is just that the abductors decided to release him after numerous appeals from Nigerians.''

Monguno was a one time Minister of Internal Affairs, as well as Minister of Defence in charge of the Nigeria Air Force.


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