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Breaking News: Shettima Ali Monguno freed

By The Citizen
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Dr. Shetttima Ali monguno elder statesman regained freedom, returned home Monday morning under tight security from Marte -Chad border towns.

First Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Shettima Ali Monguno, CFR

First Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Shettima Ali Monguno, CFR

Gunmen on Friday abducted him shortly after prayers in his mosque at Mafoni in Maiduguri.

Eyewitnesses told newsmen in Maiduguri that Monguno, the former Minister of Petroleum, was kidnapped in his car.

'The elder statesman had just entered his car after the prayers.

'Some individuals stopped him for a chat before four gun men invaded the vehicle and ordered other occupants, at gunpoint, to move out,' a witness, Malam Mohammed Inusa, said.

Another witness, Malam Ibrahim Shehu, corroborated Inusa's statement, saying the kidnappers pretended to be friends trying to greet the elder statesman before pulling out their guns from their dresses.

'The four of them entered the car before ordering the driver to move.

'The car moved toward the Dandal Police Station before we lost sight of it,' Shehu said.

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 and 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.