The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, has executed Hauwa Leman, an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), TheCable has been informed.
The terrorists also promised to keep Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl, as “a slave for life”, TheCable reported, yesterday.
In a short clip, Leman was forced to kneel down, with her hands tied inside a white hijab, which has a crest symbol, and then shot at a close range.
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.
Leman, a 24-year-old nurse and student of health education at the University of Maiduguri, was in the group that was abducted.
ISWAP, in a short statement, said: “We have kept our word exactly as we said, by killing another humanitarian worker, Hauwa Leman, who is working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that were abducted during a raid on a military facility in Rann, Kala Balge in March 2018.
“Saifura and Hauwa were killed because they are considered as Murtads (apostates) by the group because they were once Muslims that have abandoned their Islam, the moment they chose to work with the Red Cross, and for us, there is no difference between Red Cross and UNICEF.
“If we see them, we will kill the apostates among them, men or women, and chose to kill or keep the infidels as slaves, men or women.”
Meanwhile, ISWAP has threatened to keep Sharibu as a slave.
She is the only Christian among the 110 girls abducted at the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, on February 19, 2018.
While other girls were released, she was kept back because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
There has been a global plea for her release.
“From today, Sharibu, 15, and Ngaddah, a mother of two, are now our slaves. Based on our doctrines, it is now lawful for us to do whatever we want to do with them,” the group further said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has expressed shock and sadness at Leman’s death.
In a statement issued in London, yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the killing as dastardly, inhuman and ungodly, saying nothing can justify the shedding of the blood of innocent people.
“It is very unfortunate that it has come to this. Before and after the deadline issued by her abductors, the federal government did everything any responsible government should do to save the aid worker.
“As we have been doing since these young women were abducted, we kept the line of negotiations open all through.
“In all the negotiations, we acted in the best interest of the women and the country as a whole.
“We are deeply pained by this killing, just like we were by the recent killing of the first aid worker.
“However, we will keep the negotiations open and continue to work to free the innocent women who remain in the custody of their abductors,” Mohammed said.
Some months ago, in the audio sent to one of her male friends, when she was captured in March, Leman, who spoke in Hausa, said her parents should be informed that she had been kidnapped.
Running and panting, the victim said: “We are under attack in Rann.
“They are shooting everywhere please pray for me; please go and tell my parents that I am in trouble.
“Please, look for Fatima and tell her they are taking us away. They have entered here now…”
At that point, a male voice ordered her to keep quiet and not to move an inch. That was the last that was heard from her.
She was killed, yesterday.