Red Cross urges Boko Haram to spare life of kidnapped worker

Marsha Scott
October 18, 2018

The women were kidnapped by militants with the Islamic State West Africa Province, a breakaway faction of the Islamic State-affiliated group Boko Haram. Let them bring her corpse, so that I can bury her in an Islamic way, so that our hearts would be at peace.

Three health workers were seized in March in the northeastern community of Rann, where thousands have sought shelter from the extremist threat that includes the Nigeria-based Boko Haram insurgency. It's utterly devastating that we have to write that sentence.

Nigerian Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said on Monday the government was "deeply pained" by news of the killing, but added it would "keep the negotiations open and continue to work to free the innocent women who remain in the custody of their abductors".

A clip of the execution of 24-year-old Hauwa Leman was seen on Monday by a correspondent of Nigeria's online news platform, The Cable.

"Hauwa was a trained midwife and we decided that she went there to help people who badly needed her service".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "is appalled and strongly condemns the killing" and calls for the release of all remaining hostages, spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.

President Buhari also spoke with Peter Maurer, the President of the ICRC, extending condolences on the loss of the midwife. She had been working at a nearby hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Bukola Saraki, said the security chiefs are also to explain why killings are on the rise within the country again.

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Boko Haram, which has also been known as Islamic State in West Africa, has been waging a deadly campaign in north-eastern Nigeria for nearly a decade. In a statement by Spokesman Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, the ACF advised: "Any actions by the Federal Government and its allies should be quick to assuage the fears of Nigerians on what may happen to those still in captivity".

Boko Haram is infamous for numerous attacks and abductions in the western and central African region.

It said: "Today is yet another dark day in our nation". Health workers should not be targeted in any conflict zone, as they are recognised as humanitarian service providers, he said.

According to the President, Nigeria needs the ICRC and the government will continue to do all it can to protect the staff of the organisation. Help us. Help our government to rise up in all its might, no matter how weakened.

"She proved to be of enormous help to the community in the 10 days she served in Rann".

A second aid worker has been executed by Boko Haram in Nigeria after a deadline imposed to release imprisoned members of the armed group expired, the government said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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