Boko Haram makes good on threat, kills another aid worker

FG We did everything responsible to save Hauwa Leman

Hauwa Leman, an aide worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who has been under detention by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram has been executed.

Information minister Lai Mohammed described the killing as dastardly, inhuman and ungodly.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday spoke with Mohammed Liman, father of the International Committee of the Red Cross' midwife who was killed by Boko Haram terrorists, Hauwa Liman.

Last month, the insurgents killed Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno state, in March, in a similar manner.

"It is very unfortunate that it has come to this", Mr Mohammed said on Monday night when the news of the killing hit the airwaves.

Earlier this summer, the United Nations released a report alleging that the Nigerian government paid a ransom for the release of the schoolgirls, but not for Sharibu because she is not a Muslim.

At a meeting organised by Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, founder of the Citizen Monitoring Group (CMG), in Plateau State, she said the abductors issued a threat that her daughter would be killed by the second week of October, if government fails to meet their demands.

Boko Haram uses kidnapping as a weapon of war, abducting thousands of women and girls and forcing young men and boys to fight in their ranks.

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TheCable had reported how Leman was killed on Monday.

In an emailed statement on Monday, the Nigerian government confirmed the killing, and reacted to criticism that it had not done enough to save the victims by saying: "the Federal Government did all within its powers to save her life".

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.

Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old school student who refused to convert to Islam, was taken from her school in Dapchi in a separate abduction incident in February. "Speed and urgency are critical", it wrote.

There was no immediate comment from the ICRC, which on Sunday said "we urge you for mercy" and noted that a 24-hour deadline was counting down.

ISWA split from Boko Haram in 2016 and has killed hundreds of soldiers in attacks in northeastern Nigeria in the past few months, security and military sources have told Reuters.

I'm deeply saddened by the murder of Hauwa Leman, an ICRC aid worker, by terrorists.

"I implore the Federal Government to deploy every reasonable tool at its disposal to bring Leah Sharibu and all the children in Boko Haram captivity home".

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