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Boko Haram releases Corps member, four others

Members of the Boko Haram have set free a female youth corps member, Halima Umaru, held hostage since January 2019. Also released are four other females – Falmata, 22 years; Dorcas,14 years; Ummi, 15 years; and Fatima, 21 years; who were all held in captivity since 2017.

Their release was facilitated on Sunday by Hajiya Aisha Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram.

According to the media aide of Mama Boko Haram and the Country Director of her Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Complete Care Foundation, Prince Lawal Shoyode, Hajiya Wakil swung into action following an appeal from the sister of the youth corps member, Hadiza Umaru.

Shoyode said they were released without the payment of any ransom.

“It was the sister of the corper; her name is Halima. She called mama (Hajiya Wakil) and mama said that she should send her the picture of her abducted sister. She then sent her picture to Boko Haram pleading for her release.

“The Boko Haram then released her with four others about six hours after they received appeal from Mama.”

Shoyode who was unhappy with the treatment melted out on the released females, said: “They were sexually abused; they passed them round to one another for sexual satisfaction”.

He added that Mama Boko Haram has however appealed to them to release other female captives, especially Leah Sharibu.

She also asked them to drop their arms and surrender to the Nigerian Army.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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