Hauwa Leman: Boko Haram kills Red Cross staff - Local

FG We did everything responsible to save Hauwa Leman

A second aid worker who was held hostage by Boko Haram for seven months has been executed after a deadline for negotiations expired, the Nigerian government said.

The military outpost in Borno state houses about 80,000 refugees displaced by the nine-year-long Boko Haram insurgency.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday confirmed that an abducted health worker in Nigeria has been murdered by her captors.

"It is painful to note that despite efforts by the Federal Government who opened a negotiation channel immediately and put all possible efforts on table to secure an agreeable bargain for the safe release of the abductees, unfortunately, Mr Speaker, the Boko Haram sect took a awful path of executing these helpless and selfless voluntary health workers who gave their time on earth for the care and wellness of devastated Boko Haram victims", he added.

The group threatened that it will kill the other two and Leah Sharibu if ransom is not paid by October 14.

To their abductors: Please show mercy.

In a statement issued in London, Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed described the killing as "dastardly, inhuman and ungodly".

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He did not initially identify the victim but later added in a tweet that he "commiserated with the family of Hauwa Liman". At this stage, we have no confirmation that this is true. "This situation is heartbreaking and our thoughts remain with the family".

Mohammed said: "It is very unfortunate that it has come to this".

"The Federal Government did everything any responsible government should do to save the aid worker", he said. In all the negotiations, we acted in the best interest of the women and the country as a whole.

Hauwa Liman, a midwife, was killed days after kidnappers set a deadline.

"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".

Ms Liman was taken with two others in the northern Nigerian town of Rann last March. One major rift saw the group blamed for the recent deaths split from that led by Boko Haram's veteran leader, Abubakar Shekau, after arguments over his indiscriminate targeting of civilians in raids and suicide bombings. A young woman with a future ahead of her. More than 100 girls have since been released or found.

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