BREAKING: Alkali Imam, IRC’s Abducted Staff Regains Freedom 174 Days After

Alkali Babakura Imam, a senior staff of the International Rescue Committee, who was abducted by non-state actors in March this year, has finally regained his freedom, officials said.

Alkali, a former journalist with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) was abducted by the ISWAP faction of the Boko Haram when the outlawed group attacked Monguno on March 10, 2022.

After spending 174 days in captivity, the Senior Area Manager with IRC had finally regained his freedom.

Sources at one of the leading security agencies in Nigeria, had informed our reporter that the abducted humanitarian is currently 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 organisation, said.

The source said the humanitarian worker was brought in looking weak and frail.

A staff of the IRC who also spoke on condition of anonymity had also confirmed the development to The Humanitarian Times.

“He has indeed been released but we have not officially met him because he is still undergoing some procedure with the security people,” the IRC staff said.

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