by Oluwatosin Fatoyinbo
The Cameroon Government has announced that 27 hostages captured by Islamic Sect Boko Haram in the country has been set free by the sect.
The hostages include 10 Chinese workers who were abducted in May near the town of Waza, 12 miles (20km) from the Nigerian border.
Also released was the wife of Cameroon’s deputy prime minister who was seized in July, the presidency said.
“The 27 hostages kidnapped on May 16 2014 at Waza and on July 27 2014 at Kolofata were given this night to Cameroonian authorities,” President Paul Biya said in a statement read on state radio.
“Ten Chinese, the wife of the vice-prime minister Amadou Ali, the Lamido [a local religious leader] of Kolofata and the members of their families kidnapped with them are safe.”
Boko Haram membership strength includes Nigerians, Cameroonians, Nigeirians and Chadians. The sect is currently engaged in a long drawn battle with Nigerian Military forces in Adamawa state where they have captured some cities and declared it as their domain.