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Kidnapped Nigeria aid worker fears she may be killed

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Abducted Action Aid workers speak from-captivity. Photo/Ahmed Sakilda

One of the six International aid agency workers kidnapped by the Boko Haram militants has pleaded for quick government intervention in a video published on Wednesday.

The aid worker who identified herself as Grace feared she and others may be killed if they are not rescued or freed fast enough.

“Some aid workers were caught and also asked to be released but because Nigeria did not do anything about it, they were killed,” Grace said.

“I am begging on behalf of all of us here, that please Nigerians should not allow such to happen to us,” Grace said.

“I also want to count on Nigeria, our nation… we are Nigerians and we are also working for Nigeria. I beg that Nigeria government should please do something to see that we are released.”

The footage obtained by Nigerian conflict journalist Ahmad Salkida and published by The Cable showed five sitting around Grace. Behind them is a sheet with the logo of the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR.

The video is however unavailable again just less than 24 hours after it was published by the media outfit.

The six persons, working with Action Against Hunger, were abducted seven days ago while travelling along Damasak road, Borno State.

The driver of the vehicle is reported to have been killed. A statement issued by the humanitarian organization on Friday said the aid workers are suspected to have been kidnapped by the group pledging allegiance to Daesh.

Grace said they were kidnapped by a militant group called Calipha. It is unclear if the group belongs to either of the Boko Haram or its splinter group loyal to the Islamic State, Islamic State’s West Africa Province.

“We were caught by this army called the Calipha,” Grace said. “We don’t know where we are.”

The abduction comes nine months after ISWAP executed a Red Cross aid worker, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, who was kidnapped alongside two others in Rann community also in Borno State.

Hauwa, Alice Loksha and Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa were working in Rann when they were kidnapped by ISWAP. Khorsa, a midwife, was killed in September.

The armed group is also holding a 15-year-old schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu who was abducted in February 2018, from her school in the town of Dapchi, Yobe state.

Sharibu was abducted alongside over 100 schoolgirls from their boarding school.Most of the students were released after four weeks.

However, Sharibu was held back after she reportedly refused to renounce her Christian faith.

The Nigerian Government, in its recent reassuring commitment, said it will secure the release of the remaining girls “by peace or by force”.

A presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said that the government is not “giving up and we happy that the individuals, groups and nations partnering with the administration have continued to show interest in securing the release of our daughters.”

More than 20,000 people have been killed and two million others forced to flee their homes in northeastern Nigeria since Boko Haram launched a campaign in 2009, aimed at forming a breakaway Islamic state


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