Boko Haram: Act Before Another Health Worker Dies, Red Cross Tells Buhari
The life of another official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is on the line and it may happen in hours.
It is just a month after one of its health workers in northeast Nigeria abducted by Boko Haram was killed.
At least two officials of the Red Cross are still in the custody of Boko Haram, and the voluntary organisation is expressing fear that the terror group may carry out another execution.
It is pleading with the Nigerian government, international community and individuals of influence to help secure the release of the remaining health workers.
Three female health workers were kidnapped on March 1, in Rann, Borno State, after they were attacked by a splinter group of Boko Haram.
Boko Haram terrorists had set a deadline for another execution after it killed one of them.
"A deadline that could result in the killing of another health care worker is less than 24 hours away.
"Speed and urgency are critical,” the ICRC said in a statement on Sunday.
On that day of their abduction, three other health workers and eight Nigerian soldiers were killed.
Two of the kidnapped women, Hauwa Liman and Saifura Khorsa, worked for the Geneva-based humanitarian charity while the third, Alice Loksha, worked for the UN children’s organisation UNICEF.
There was no news of the trio until last month when the ICRC said it received footage of Khorsa’s execution from the IS-supported Boko Haram faction — Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
In the footage, ISWAP threatened to kill the other two health workers if their demands were not met.
“The ICRC asks all those involved with this case to avoid a repeat of that devastating outcome,” the ICRC’s head of operations in the Lake Chad region, Mamadou Sow, said.
The ICRC further pleaded with ISWAP to show “mercy” and not to kill two health workers who were “doing nothing but helping the communities in northeast Nigeria”.
"Hauwa and Alice are medical workers who chose to work and help vulnerable communities in Rann, an area heavily affected by violence,” Sow said.
President Muhammadu Buhari had promised to do anything he could to secure the release of hostages with Boko Haram, even if it has to involve payment of ransom.
Also in the custody of Boko Haram is Leah Sharibu, whom the Jihadist group had also threatened to kill should the government fail to meet their demand, which is usually money and release of members held in different detention facilities in Nigeria.
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