Boko Haram abduct an aid worker with UNHCR along Maiduguri Damaturu road

A United Nations(UN), worker, Abubakar Garba Idris, also known as (Alooma), have been abducted by Boko Haram along Damaturu-Maiduguri road, in Borno on Saturday.

The insurgents sources said, attacked some convoy of commuters near Matari village between Minok to Jakana road at about 8:30am.

Idris, a Senior Protection Assistant UNHCR,
was on a private trip from Damaturu Yobe state capital when the incident happened.

The insurgents who appeared in military uniforms were said to have mounted a roadblock on the highway with three Hilux vans and motorcycles.

“While searching the perssengers, Idris attempted to throw away his Indentification Card but on the process, one of the insurgents sighted him. He was then ask to step down from the vehicle along with two other perssengers, while the rest of the perssengers were ask to continue with their journey.

“The two perssengers were later released on the ground that they are very poor people and have no use to be abducted,”he said.

The 130 kilometres road had witnessed several incidence of abduction by Boko Haram in recent times making the road to be considered as very dengerous and risky.

The abduction occured despite large presence of Military, Crack Squad, Police Rapid Response Squad, hunters and Civilian Joint Task Force, deployed to protect commuters on the road.

The insurgent took advantage of the troops and mount it’s checking points in an unusual location in Minok, instead of its normal route located around Garin Kuturu in Jakana.

It will be recalled that On December 14, the insurgents abducted Emmanuel Peter, a humanitarian aid worker with the World Food Program(WFP), along with his friend along the road.

On December 19 2020, the insurgents on five guntrucks abducted about 35 perssengers in Garin Kuturu near-Jakana,

The north-east region has been plagued with insecurity crisis, with several individuals abducted and killed, while government has repeatedly said it is on top of the situations.


  • But why will those villages along that axis not be moved to check the security of that area, everytime Maiduguri/Damaturu road, I suggest that those villages along that axis be moved to different camps in Maiduguri because there is no forest along that road, at least if you a passing in a vehicle along that road you can see a long distance but still everyday boko haram along that road, please let the government real cross check the security along that only road leading to and from Maiduguri.

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