A French Roman Catholic priest kidnapped by Nigerian-based terrorist group, Boko Haram, on Novenber 13 , in the Far North Region has been freed.
Rev father Georges Vandenbeusch was freed Tuesday morning and handed over to Cameroonian security forces.
French President Francois Hollande in an official statement made the announcement to the media. But there was no further explanation about his release. Mr Hollande thanked the authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria for their help in getting the priest released. His message expressed special thanks to Cameroon’s President Paul Biya.
Mr Hollande said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius would fly to Yaounde in Cameroon to bring Fr Vandenbeusch back to France as soon as possible.
The president added that six French nationals remain hostage in Mali and Syria, and he expressed support for their families, saying he would strive to win their release.
Fr Georges Vandenbeusch, 42, was kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon near the border with Nigeria.
The armed Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, which operates in the area, later said it was holding him.
Earlier this year, seven members of a French family called Moulin-Fournier – four of them children – were abducted by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon and held hostage for two months.
Boko Haram was paid more than $3m (£2m) before releasing the family, according to a confidential Nigerian government report seen by Reuters news agency. There was no official confirmation of that ransom.
Nobody has been able to say wether money changed hands before the release of the French Priest.