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Boko Haram executes another Red Cross worker, says Leah will live as slave

Boko Haram executes another Red Cross worker, says Leah will live as slave
October 15
18:59 2018

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 vowed to keep Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl, as “a slave for life”, TheCable exclusively gathered.

In a short clip seen by a special correspondent of TheCable, Leman was forced to kneel down, with her hands tied inside a white hijab which has a crest symbol, and then shot at close range.

In September 2018, the insurgent group killed Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno state, in March 2018, in a similar manner.


Leman, a 24-year-old midwife and student of health education at the University of Maiduguri, was in the group that was abducted.

Four soldiers, four policemen and three humanitarian aid workers were killed in the attack.

Toafic Toure, ICRC operational communication delegate, Maiduguri sub-delegation, had on Sunday pleaded with the federal government to avert Leman’s killing as the Monday deadline given by the insurgents approached.


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.


The group said in the statement that Alice Ngaddah, a Christian who works with UNICEF, will also be kept as a slave.

“From today”, ISWAP said, 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.



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.

The audio is reproduced below.

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous October 15, 22:37

    Why was Hauwa not rescued by the govt, was there any attempt to rescue her? What were the ISWAP’s terms to let her live? This are questions we Nigerians will ask the govt until we have their answers.

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    • Larry
      Larry October 15, 23:58

      No attempt to rescue her? Govt has severally spoken that they are talking with Boko Haram, some quarters said Boko Haram’s request is complicated, beyond what they normally request for. They would have weighed everything side by side.

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  2. Micheal Chijioke
    Micheal Chijioke October 16, 11:01

    May the soul of the deceased rest in peace and may God save Leah from the hands of this boko haram

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  3. Jay
    Jay October 16, 20:13

    US SWAT teams will gladly help if you will just ask. Need to save the young woman from slavery.

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  4. Danj
    Danj October 17, 20:38

    It is inhuman to force anyone to any religion. Stop this madnes

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  5. Clint Holmes
    Clint Holmes October 18, 20:50

    I say send a large heavily armed and armored force to where Boko Haram is holding their captives, rescue the captives and kill every single Boko Haram there. Don’t worry about a trial, they don’t deserve it anyways

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  6. Paul
    Paul October 19, 01:37

    these women have a duty to martyr themselves as soon as possible. To achieved heaven they must choose death over physical violation. His Will be done!

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    • Adi
      Adi October 21, 23:50

      Why don’t you do all humanity a favor and martyr yourself right now. Please …I hope those girls make it out alive.

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  7. Aidan Leonard
    Aidan Leonard October 23, 00:23

    This is a notch in the shell in this country

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