The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has freed Abubakar Garba Idris, a senior Protection Assistant with the United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), who was abducted by on Maiduguri/Damaturu highway.
It was gathered that Abubakar Garba regained freedom after more than 5 months in captivity.
According to sources who disclosed that Idris is undergoing medical and military check with troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Maiduguri before he is reunited with his family.
The sources also revealed that a businessman, Muazu Bawa, who was also kidnapped on that same day was also released along eight other captives all undergoing debriefing by the military.
Recall that insurgents attacked a convoy of travellers close to Matari village between Mainok to Jakana along Maiduguri/Damaturu highway where Alooma was abducted at about 8.30 am Saturday, January 2, 2021.
The insurgents who were said to have dressed in military uniforms mounted a roadblock on the highway with three Hilux vans and motorcycles.
It was revealed that Alooma got into trouble when he tried to throw away his Identification card and was sighted by one of the insurgents.
MUAZU Bawa, on the other hand, was in his private vehicle and ran over the Boko Haram checkpoint but his car was shot from behind before the insurgents whisked him away.
Executive Director of Yobe State Network of Civil Society, Abubakar Baba Shehu, who also confirmed the release, prayed for more captives to be freed.
“I was together with someone who called a family member of Alooma and he has confirmed the release of his brother.
This is encouraging news and we pray that more captives should be released soon”, he said.