A German teacher Nitsch Eberhard Robert, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamist militants in Adamawa State, Nigeria in July has been released following an operation by Cameroon’s military and its allies, the government said in a statement Wednesday.
A Cameroon military aircraft carrying the hostage landed in Yaounde International Airport Wednesday. An elated Robert got out of the plane and shook hands with German and Cameroon government officials.
“I am happy to see all these people who rescued me and made sure I survived,” Robert said before he was whisked away by officials. The German embassy in Nigeria said Robert is a teacher undergoing vocational training in Gombi town, Adamawa State when he was kidnapped. Cameroon President Paul Biya, who has deployed special forces along the border to counter increasing Boko Haram incursions, said that the hostage was freed after a military operation.
“A special operation of the Cameroon armed forces and security services of friendly countries led this night to the release of Nitsch Eberhard Robert, German citizen, abducted in July 2014 in Nigeria by Boko Haram,” the statement from Cameroon’s presidency said.