The Boko Haram terrorist group on Monday reportedly killed a young woman, Hauwa Liman, who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Ms. Hauwa was abducted alongside Ms. Saifura Khorsa, who had already been killed in September.
The two aid workers were abducted in March in Rann, Borno State, following an attack by the sect. at an Internally Displaced Persons camp.
The Federal Government in its reaction to the killing of Hauwa expressed shock and sadness, saying that the beautiful young woman was killed despite all the actions taken by the government to save her.
The terrorist group had threatened to kill Leah Sharibu, the only remaining Dapchi Schoolgirl who was held back by the group for refusing to denounce Christianity for Islam.
The sect had abducted Leah and her classmates at their school (Government Secondary School Dapchi, Yobe State) last year. But all the girls were released following negotiation by the government with the group. But Leah however did not return home with her friends.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, in a statement on Monday in London, described the killing of Hauwa as “dastardly, inhuman and ungodly”, saying that nothing justifies the shedding of innocent blood.
He further commiserated with the family of the aid worker, saying that the government did all within its power to ensure her freedom.
“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.
“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,” Mr. Lai said.