UN, Amnesty, Red Cross condemn murder of aid worker by Boko Haram

World and national leaders as well as international bodies on Tuesday condemned the murder of aid worker, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had on Monday revealed that the Boko Haram insurgents killed Saifura who was abducted by them on March 1, 2018, when they attacked a remote village in Rann in Borno State.

The United Nations (UN), Amnesty International and the ICRC in separate statements, condemned the killing of the midwife by the terrorists.

They called for justice and urged the Federal Government to protect aid workers and Nigerians generally from attacks by the insurgents.

They also asked for the rescue of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi School girl who was taken captive by the terrorist from her hostel.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, described Saifura’s murder as a “cowardly, heinous and despicable act.”

According to him, Saifura before her murder was a young, dedicated and passionate midwife and humanitarian worker.

“Our deepest condolences go to her family, including her two young children, and friends. The United Nations calls on authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

“The United Nations also calls for the immediate release of the two aid workers who are still being held,” the statement read.

The Director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, in his statement, described the aid worker’s murder as a horrific act. He demanded the protection of aid workers in Nigeria.

The human rights group said that Boko Haram had once again proven its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life which must not go unpunished.

“Boko Haram must immediately and unconditionally release the remaining two health workers abducted alongside Saifura.

“Now, more than ever, the authorities must do more to rescue hundreds of civilians held by Boko Haram, also including Leah Sharibu, who was abducted from her school in Dapchi town and the remaining Chibok school girls”.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its statement described Saifura’s murder as a “tragic killing”.
The ICRC Head of Delegation in Abuja, Eloi Fillion, said: “We are devastated by the murder of our colleague Saifura.

“Saifura moved to Rann to selflessly help those in need. Our thoughts are with her family and other loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.”

The agency also appealed to the armed group to immediately release the second ICRC midwife and another healthcare worker who was also abducted in March.

Also yesterday, the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, condemned the killing of Saifura by the terrorists.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki stated that the killing of aid workers represents a new low by Boko Haram insurgents.

Saraki called for immediate action by the military to ensure that Leah Sharibu and the other two Red Cross workers still in Boko Haram’s captivity are released.

He said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa – the young 25-year-old female international aid worker who was abducted and killed by Boko Haram.

“Such horrific actions have no place in Nigeria. I join all Nigerians and the international community in condemning this killing in the strongest possible terms,” he said.

Similarly, human rights group, Global Amnesty Watch (GAW), urged the Federal Government to adopt a total clampdown on fleeing elements of the Boko Haram sect.

Mr Tom Lever, GAW’s Vice President, Africa Affairs, made the appeal in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
Lever said that Boko Haram’s latest strikes could be out of frustration in reaction to successes recorded against it by Nigerian troops.

He said that the plea followed the recent murder of Red Cross aid worker and midwife, Saifura Khorsa and threat to harm Leah Sharibu, an abducted schoolgirl, who is still in terrorists’ captivity.

“Killing Saifura might have been Boko Haram’s desperate measure to keep sowing terror in the hearts of people, but it is one the entire world must make them regret by collectively exerting justice.

“There are other ways the sponsors of this group and its fighters could have expressed their frustration at the serial defeat in the hands of the Nigerian military without harming civilian captives,” he said

World and national leaders as well as international bodies on Tuesday condemned the murder of aid worker, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had on Monday revealed that the Boko Haram insurgents killed Saifura who was abducted by them on March 1, 2018, when they attacked a remote village in Rann in Borno State.

The United Nations (UN), Amnesty International and the ICRC in separate statements, condemned the killing of the midwife by the terrorists.

They called for justice and urged the Federal Government to protect aid workers and Nigerians generally from attacks by the insurgents.

They also asked for the rescue of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi School girl who was taken captive by the terrorist from her hostel.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, described Saifura’s murder as a “cowardly, heinous and despicable act.”

According to him, Saifura before her murder was a young, dedicated and passionate midwife and humanitarian worker.

“Our deepest condolences go to her family, including her two young children, and friends. The United Nations calls on authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

“The United Nations also calls for the immediate release of the two aid workers who are still being held,” the statement read.

The Director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, in his statement, described the aid worker’s murder as a horrific act. He demanded the protection of aid workers in Nigeria.

The human rights group said that Boko Haram had once again proven its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life which must not go unpunished.

“Boko Haram must immediately and unconditionally release the remaining two health workers abducted alongside Saifura.

“Now, more than ever, the authorities must do more to rescue hundreds of civilians held by Boko Haram, also including Leah Sharibu, who was abducted from her school in Dapchi town and the remaining Chibok school girls”.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its statement described Saifura’s murder as a “tragic killing”.
The ICRC Head of Delegation in Abuja, Eloi Fillion, said: “We are devastated by the murder of our colleague Saifura.

“Saifura moved to Rann to selflessly help those in need. Our thoughts are with her family and other loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.”

The agency also appealed to the armed group to immediately release the second ICRC midwife and another healthcare worker who was also abducted in March.

Also yesterday, the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, condemned the killing of Saifura by the terrorists.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki stated that the killing of aid workers represents a new low by Boko Haram insurgents.

Saraki called for immediate action by the military to ensure that Leah Sharibu and the other two Red Cross workers still in Boko Haram’s captivity are released.

He said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa – the young 25-year-old female international aid worker who was abducted and killed by Boko Haram.

“Such horrific actions have no place in Nigeria. I join all Nigerians and the international community in condemning this killing in the strongest possible terms,” he said.

Similarly, human rights group, Global Amnesty Watch (GAW), urged the Federal Government to adopt a total clampdown on fleeing elements of the Boko Haram sect.

Mr Tom Lever, GAW’s Vice President, Africa Affairs, made the appeal in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
Lever said that Boko Haram’s latest strikes could be out of frustration in reaction to successes recorded against it by Nigerian troops.

He said that the plea followed the recent murder of Red Cross aid worker and midwife, Saifura Khorsa and threat to harm Leah Sharibu, an abducted schoolgirl, who is still in terrorists’ captivity.

“Killing Saifura might have been Boko Haram’s desperate measure to keep sowing terror in the hearts of people, but it is one the entire world must make them regret by collectively exerting justice.

“There are other ways the sponsors of this group and its fighters could have expressed their frustration at the serial defeat in the hands of the Nigerian military without harming civilian captives,” he said

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