Abubakar Garba Idris, an employee of the United Nations, who was abducted by the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) in Borno State five months ago, has regained his freedom.
Idris is a senior Protection Assistant with the United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
He was abducted along Damaturu-Maiduguri road on January 2, when the insurgents attacked some convoy of commuters near Matari village between Minok to Jakana road at about 8:30am.
The Nation quotes Humanitarian sources as saying that Idris is currently undergoing medical check with troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Maiduguri, before he would be released to his family.
The newspaper also revealed that a businessman, Muazu Bawa, who was kidnapped same day with Idris, was also released along eight other captives.
Bawa was said to be in his private vehicle when the insurgents shot at the car from behind, before whisking him away.
Abubakar Baba Shehu, Executive Director of Yobe State Network of Civil Society, who also confirmed his release, prayed for more captives to be released.
“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,” Shehu said.