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Boko Haram executes another woman, makes Leah “slave for life”

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Boko Haram executes another woman, makes Leah “slave for life”

The Al Barnawi faction of Boko Haram, called the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has executed another hostage, Hauwa Leman, one of the aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a report by The Cable said.

Leah Sharibu

The Islamic terrorist group vowed, in the short video showing the execution, that Leah Sharibu will now be “a slave for life.”

The Cable report said Leman, wearing a white hijab with her hands tied behind her, was forced to kneel down and shot at close range.

The first Red Cross worker, Saifura Ahmed, was killed mid September, when Boko Haram said it was sending a “message of blood” to the Nigerian government for refusing to negotiate.

The International Committee of the Red Cross warned the Nigerian government on Sunday 14 October that “speed and urgency are critical” to secure the release of Leah and that the terrorist sect contacted ICRS through “credible sources” about the deadline. “We don’t know the exact hour, but we have information from credible sources about this ultimatum after they killed one of our aid workers last month. That is why we have issued a public plea to the Nigerian government for their release,” Aleksandra Matijevic Mosimann, ICRC spokeswoman in Nigeria, told CNN.

ICRC Aid worker abducted

ICRC had pleaded with negotiators to do “everything they can to avoid a repeat of that devastating outcome.” And Patricia Danzi, Director of ICRC Operations in Africa, pleaded with Boko Haram to “spare and release these women. They are a midwife, a nurse, and a student. Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight.” 

The Pleas and warning by ICRC to the Nigerian government seemed not to have achieved the desired result.

Reacting to the execution, Nigeria’s Information minister Mohammed, Lai Mohammed said he was “shocked and saddened” by the killing. “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.” Mohammed added.

“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.” The Information Minister said.


Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos.

Image Credits: Google Images/Boko Haram propaganda video Screen Shot of aid worker/ Leah Sharibu/Aid worker/


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