Chibok Girls' Saga Will End Soon - DSS
The Department For State Services (DSS) says the Chibok Girls' saga will soon be over.
It was an assurance that the security agency gave President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians on Saturday, while briefing him on the release of three lecturers and 10 other police women held captive by Boko Haram terrorists.
The men, who are lecturers of the University of Maiduguri, were abducted in the middle of last year.
A spokesman for the President, Mr Gabar Shehu, said the security agency briefed President Buhari on how negotiations resulted in the release of the captives.
"According to the brief given by the DSS, all 13 rescued persons are in the custody of the service and are on their way to Abuja with the assistance of the Nigerian Army and the Air Force.
"In expectation of their being brought to the DSS headquarters, a team of doctors and psychologists has been placed on standby.
"The rescued persons may be presented to the President and thereafter released to their families, if there are no issues of security or medical concerns," he said.
According to him, President Buhari had received step by step progress reports on the lengthy negotiations while they took place.
President Buhari received the good news with a lot of happiness, he said.
The excited President also commended all those who in one way or the other helped in making the release possible.
One thing that the President wants to happen, according to the spokesman, is the return of the remaining Chibok girls.
He urged the DSS and the Nigerian Army to intensify efforts to bring home the remaining Chibok Girls still in the custody of the terrorists.
The girls were taken on April 14, 2014 after the terrorist group raided their school
The Director-General of the DSS, Malam Lawal Daura, assured the President that they were working hard to bring home the remaining girls and, as soon as possible, bring the Chibok Girls saga to an end.
The Red Cross has expressed its joy in the release of the 13 persons which it handed over to Nigeria's security operatives.