Presidency moves to secure release of abducted aid workers

Timothy Choji Abuja


The Presidency says it is doing its best to secure the release of aid workers of a nongovernmental organisation, Action Against Hunger, abducted by terrorists.

In a statement issued on Thursday evening, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said the Presidency has been briefed on the matter and contacts are being made to secure the release of the aid workers and other abductees.

He said: “The Presidency has been briefed by the responsible government agency about the disturbing video showing our citizens, the humanitarian aid workers held captive.

“Presidency has been given assurances that contact is being made and the captors are being talked to.

“Beside these aid workers, there are some others about whom this engagement is about-Leah Sharibu, a religious leader and all the others. These discussions have been ongoing even before this time and what this latest incident has done is to bring urgency to the efforts that the secret service is making.

“Government is making contacts, in the hope that the captors will see reason to not visit hardship or even harm on these innocent individuals. Government is working.”

The aid workers were seen in a video that went viral on Thursday, appealing to government and their employers to secure their release.