We did all we could to save Hauwa Liman – FG

Hauwa Liman captured in March was killed when ISWA deadline expired
Hauwa Liman captured in March was killed when ISWA deadline expired

The Nigerian government said it did all it could to save aid worker Hauwa Liman who was killed by the Islamic State in West Africa on Monday, 15 October.

Three aid workers, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, Alice Loksha and Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, were working in the town of Rann when they were kidnapped by ISWA in March.

Khorsa, an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) midwife, was killed in September.

Demands being made in exchange for the release of the hostages have not been reported.

In an emailed statement, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed explained that the Federal Government tried to save Liman.

Mohammed described the killing as dastardly, inhuman and ungodly, saying nothing can justify the shedding of the blood of innocent people.

He commiserated with the family of the aid worker, and said the Federal Government did all within its powers to save her life.

“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.

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“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,” the Minister said.

He thanked all the friendly governments that have continued to work with Nigeria for the safe release of the abducted women, and the clerics across religious lines who have been pleading for their release.

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