Boko Haram executes detained aid worker, Hauwa Leman

Hauwa Liman

A senior ICRC official denounced the killing as "a despicable act of cruelty".

"The news of Hauwa's death has broken our hearts,"said ICRC's regional director for Africa, Patricia Danzi".

"We are a humanitarian organisation so we can not enter into such kinds of negotiations". And that's what we did.

Toafic Toure, ICRC operational communication delegate, Maiduguri sub-delegation, had on Sunday pleaded with the federal government to avert Leman's killing as the Monday deadline given by the insurgents approached.

"Before and after the deadline issued by her abductors, the Federal Government did everything any responsible government should do to save the aid worker".

"At the time she was going, I said you should go and treat the people over there, and just after 10 days she was abducted".

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". So far, the terrorist group has killed two of the captives - Liman and Saifura Hussaini Khorsa.

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

President Muhammadu Buhari said the government did everything to save Liman's life.

He thanked all the friendly governments that have continued to work with Nigeria for the safe release of the abducted women, and the clerics across religious lines who have been pleading for their release.

The ICRC, which does not pay ransoms, has said it was not directly involved in discussions on the extremists' demands.

The group made worldwide headlines in April 2014 when it abducted 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok. Its fighters have killed hundreds of soldiers in attacks in northeastern Nigeria in the past few months.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman, 24, had been working as a midwife in a hospital supported by the ICRC.

"The most painful thing is that Hauwa and Saifura went to provide humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable amongst us".

"The gruesome killing of the aid worker has confirmed that Boko Haram is a group driven by mindless wickedness and one that must be collectively dealt with by the entire world".

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