Boko Haram insurgents may, in the next 24 hours, kill one of the remaining two of the three health workers they abducted at Rann, Borno State, earlier this year.
They had in September killed Saifura Hussaini Khorsa, sparing Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha.
A statement by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) sent to Daily Trust yesterday said the terrorists were now threatening to kill Liman in the next 24 hours if the girls’ release was not negotiated.
“With 24-hour deadline looming, ICRC makes urgent public appeal to the Nigerian Government and to communities and individuals with influence to work toward the release of two committed medical workers abducted in north-eastern Nigeria earlier this year,” Mamadou Sow, Head of ICRC’s Operations in the Lake Chad Basin, cried out in the statement.
He said: “Speed and urgency are critical. A deadline that could result in the killing of another health-care worker is less than 24 hours away,” the ICRC statement warned further.
“To the holder of these kidnapped women, ISWAP (Islamic State’s West African province group), We urge you for mercy. We urge you not to kill another innocent health care worker who was doing nothing but helping the community in north-east Nigeria.”
Liman worked in a hospital supported by the ICRC when she was abducted in March with Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked in a centre supported by the UNICEF.
The ICRC implored the authorities and individuals concerned to do everything to avert Liman’s killing.
The ICRC also pleaded for the release of the Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, stressing that “everything must be done to ensure she too is released promptly and unharmed.”