Sadness, outrage in Nigeria as Boko Haram terrorists kill kidnapped Red Cross medical worker after deadline Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021


Boko Haram terrorists have killed Hauwa Mohammed Liman, 24, a medical aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who had been held hostage since March.

Authorities said Liman, a Nigerian, was one of three aid workers kidnapped by the extremists during a raid on the town of Rann in the restive north-eastern Borno state. She was killed after a deadline expired.

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Another aid worker, an ICRC midwife was killed in September. The surviving hostage worked as a nurse in a centre supported by Unicef.

In a video posted online last month, the militants they would kill an hostage when the deadline had passed on Monday. It was not clear what their demands were.

In another video posted in recent hours, the militants that Liman deserved to be killed because she had abandoned Islam by working for the ICRC.

The video also referred to Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old Chdistian who was one of more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from a boarding school in Dapchi in February.

While other students were released weeks after the abduction, Sharibu, the only Christian among them, was held back because she had reportedly refused to convert to Islam.

Boko Haram announced that she would be kept as slave

In a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC, the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization condemned “in totality, the brutal murder” Liman.

The campaign said she was killed “by the branch of Boko Haram styling itself as Islamic West Africa Province, ISWAP, after the expiration of the deadline given to them by the Federal Government to free her and her colleague who was herself earlier killed”.

“This inhuman act is a crime against humanity and Atiku Abubakar wishes to ensure first the parents of Hauwa Liman and Saifura Khorsa, and all Nigerians, that he will do everything within his powers to ensure that justice is served to those who committed this heinous act,” the campaign added.

Atiku is seeking to replace President Muhammadu Buhari in February when Nigerians go to the polls.

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, also condemned the murder of Hauwa Leman.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, noted that humanitarian workers who work in crisis zones to provide necessary support for victims are most selfless and courageous persons and therefore should never be targets of harm.

Also, the Senate on Tuesday observed a two-minute silence in honour of Liman. This followed a motion raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and subsequent debate on the issue where the Senate resolved to pay official condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

The Upper Chamber also resolved to ensure that the Federal Government, through its security agencies, take necessary measures to secure the freedom of both Leah Sharibu and other surviving members of the ICRC being held hostage by the insurgents.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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