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Boko Haram release kidnapped former oil minister in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, May 6 (Xinhua) — Abducted former Nigeria’s minister of Petroleum, Shettima Ali Monguno, has been released by his abductor Boko Haram in northeast Borno State, a competent security source told Xinhua on Monday.

The source told Xinhua on phone that the elder statesman was released in an undisclosed location, three days after he was seized by four gunmen in Maiduguri, Borno State.

His abductors, believed to be members of the sect, Boko Haram, were said to be awaiting ransom from the family of the 92-year-old elder statesman.

A Xinhua reporter in the restive city said governor Kashim Shettima met with the former minister in his residence amidst tight security.

The governor on Sunday begged those who abducted Monguno, to release the elder statesman, saying Monguno’s health may deteriorate if his abductors, who are suspected to be Boko Haram members, do not free him.

The governor also warned the abductors of the spiritual gravity of contributing to the death of a 92-year-old man, who is known for helping orphans, widows and the needy.

Monguno was abducted on Friday shortly after prayers in a mosque in northeast city of Maiduguri.

Maiduguri, located in Nigeria’s northeastern region, is a Boko Haram flashpoint, where the Nigerian government had declared and lifted some curfews due to wave of attacks.