Boko Haram in conjunction with the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has released the five humanitarian workers captured in Dikwa in March this year.
Intelligence sources also said that some other humanitarian workers and civilians abducted during attacks in Northeast Nigeria were allowed to go home after almost four months in captivity.
The five aid workers were freed by the group on Monday morning alongside other civilian captives, after painful negotiations mid wifed by stakeholders.
Among those released was a staff of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees abducted along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road in January known as Idris Alooma.
Also released was Reverend Zango and one Barka Wasinda, a former staff of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
Dikwa a strategic garrison town, about 90 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, is known for its rice farming yet most farmers cannot go beyond a five km radius without confronting the insurgents.
It could be recalled that during the attack in March, the terror group overran the town, destroyed support facilities, including a primary health care centre, and also laid siege at the United Nations humanitarian hub.
The United Nations suspended operations in response to the attacks on humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak, affecting humanitarian assets and personnel.
The aid workers and about four others freed today are at the time of filing this report being debriefed by men of the intelligence services before releasing them to their jubilant families.
A whopping 40,000 souls which include both military and civilians in the four countries involved may have perished in the last ten years of fighting, with millions displaced by the war.
This also has given rise to about three factions of the insurgents spread across the entire Tumbus Islands and the Lake Chad region.
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