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Humanitarian Worker Abducted Along Damaturu-Maiduguri Road

An aid worker with one of the international humanitarian agencies was abducted by insurgents at Jakana along Damaturu-Maiduguri road, Northeast on Wednesday, HumAngle has learned.

Sources told our reporter that the abducted aid worker was on a private trip when the incident happened

The distance between both towns in Yobe and Borno states is about 130 kilometres, with a number of villages along the axis.

The Jakana-Auno-Maiduguri section of the road is considered dangerous and risky due to the bad nature of the road and frequent Boko Haram interception of passengers and attacks on security forces.

Several off and on duty humanitarian workers have been abducted in the past by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

A number of abducted aid workers by the insurgents have suffered different fates, while some have been released others have been executed or being kept interminably in captivity.

Insurgency in the Nigerian northeast has led to at least 30,000 deaths and displaced over 2.3 million people, a large proportion of whom are living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) within garrison towns established by the Nigerian military.


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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