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JUST IN: Boko Haram releases UN staff, nine others after five months


At least ten kidnapped persons, including a United Nations staff, Abubakar Garba Idris, have been released after over five months in captivity.

According to Nation, Idris – a senior Protection Assistant with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) was abducted by The Islamic State of West African Province(ISWAP) on Maiduguri/Damaturu about 8.30 am Saturday, January 2, 2021.

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Idris is currently undergoing medical and military checks with troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Maiduguri before he would be released to his family.

Nine other victims who were also kidnapped on the same day, including a businessman identified as Muazu Bawa, have been released and all undergoing debriefing by the military.

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Confirming the report, the Executive Director of Yobe State Network of Civil Society, Abubakar Baba Shehu, said, “it’s cheering news”.

“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,” Baba Shehu said.

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Meanwhile, friends of the freed captives have taken to Facebook and other social media platforms to celebrate the release of their friends from the Boko haram captivity.