NIGERIA – Boko Haram kills midwife, threatens to kill other hostages, including Leah Sharibu, unless demands met

World Watch Monitor | Sept. 18, 2018

Left to right: Alice Loksha Ngaddah, Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa (Photo:

Boko Haram has killed an aid worker and threatened to kill three other hostages, including the Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu.

Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, 25, who worked as midwife with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), had been abducted on 1 March, alongside two other health workers, when the militants attacked the north-eastern town of Rann, near the border with Cameroon.

In a video seen by the Nigerian online magazine The Cable, the insurgents claimed they had contacted the government over the captives but did not get any response.

“We contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages but the government have ignored us. So, here is a message of blood,” said a spokesman of the group. “The other nurse and midwife will be executed in similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu,” the spokesman added.

The killing of the midwife has been widely condemned by many, including the ICRC, who described her as a devoted mother of two.