The Emir’s wife and two of her children were abducted by Boko Haram fighters two years ago. While the queen and her daughter have regained their freedom, the second child, the son was killed by the insurgents few months after the abduction.
Details of the rescue operations were still sketchy at the time of filing this report, but the queen and her daughter have been taken to the Emir’s residence in Maiduguri, by the General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of Nigeria Army, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu.
They were reportedly rescued during a clearance operation by soldiers. An eyewitness told a correspondent that the palace was packed with emotions and mixed feeling when the Emir’s wife was brought into the palace.