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JUST IN: Boko Haram frees UN staff, 9 others

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, has released a senior Protection Assistant with the United Nation High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, Abubakar Garba-Idris, who was abducted on Maiduguri/Damaturu highway.

Humanitarian sources told The Nation that Mr Idris who is popularly known as Alooma is at the moment undergoing medical and military check with troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Maiduguri before he would be released to his family.

The source 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.

The Executive Director of Yobe State Network of Civil Society, Abubakar Baba-Shehu who also confirmed the release said he prayed for more captives to be released, just as he maintained that “it’s a 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,” Mr Shehu said.

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