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ISWAP frees Yobe Official, one other after 4 months in captivity

The Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) has released Ali Shehu a.k.a. Mai Lalle, a Yobe State Government staff it abducted four months ago.

The liaison officer was freed alongside his associate identified simply as Mustapha.

On July 24, ISWAP seized Ali, Mustapha and two Nigerian soldiers along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road.

The pair were ambushed near Jakana village, 41 kilometres to Maiduguri, the Borno capital.

Shehu was taken from an official Toyota Hilux conveying diesel purchased for use in Yobe liaison office in Maiduguri due to prolonged power outage.

“It was not clear who negotiated with ISWAP to secure their release”, an intelligence officer told PRNigeria on Friday.

The source added that both men have been reunited with their families after undergoing security profiling.

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