Alkali Babakura Imam, a staff of the International Rescue Committee, IRC, who was abducted by suspected Boko Haram/ISWAP members in March this year, has finally regained his freedom, officials said.
Information retrieved by Vanguard on Wednesday indicates that the freed photo Journalist is hale and hearty and it is hoped that he will be reunited with his family soon.
His employers, the IRC, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and various humanitarian organizations have tirelessly continued to fight for his release through negotiations with the Boko Haram sect. There is discernable excitement and expression of joy among his family members, co-workers, and members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists as the Maiduguri Press Centre is agog with celebrations.
“After spending 174 days in captivity, the Senior Area Manager with IRC had finally regained his freedom.” An excited family member who did not want his name in print said.
Security source notified our reporter that the abducted humanitarian is presently in their custody after he was released late Tuesday evening.
“He is currently in our office here in Maiduguri undergoing some debriefing and medical check-up before he would be rejoined with his family later,” the source who pleaded anonymity for himself and the organization, said.