Abubakar Garba Idris, a senior Protection Assistant with the United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), has been released by The Islamic State of West African Province(ISWAP) after five months in captivity.
Idris, who is fondly called Alooma, was abducted by the Jihadist sect on Maiduguri/Damaturu highway, North-eastern Nigeria.
At about 8.30 am Saturday, January 2, 2021, insurgents alleged to have dressed in military uniforms mounted a roadblock on the highway with three Hilux vans and motorcycles. It was revealed that upon noticing that they were not real soldiers, the aide worker made an attempt to throw away his Identification card, so as to avoid being captured for ransom, but was sighted by one of the insurgents.
An Executive Director with the Yobe State Network of Civil Society, Abubakar Baba Shehu, who confirmed the news to correspondents, prayed that more captives will be freed from the sect.
“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.