TheInternational Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, has appealed to Nigeria Government and to communities and individuals with influence to urgently secure the release of two abducted health workers, as a deadline set by Boko Haram to kill them ends today.
In September, the insurgent group killed Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno.
ToaficToure, ICRC operational communication delegate, Maiduguri sub-delegation, said the remaining workers could be killed as the 24-hour deadline given by their abductors ends Monday.
The insurgents claimed they had contacted the government over the captives but did not get any response.They had also threatened to kill Leah Sharibu, the only Christian among the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state, abducted in February.
The ICRC called on the federal government to save the lives of the captives.
It also called on the insurgents to show mercy and not to kill two health workers who were doing nothing but helping the communities in northeast Nigeria.President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to secure the release of the hostages.A government delegation visited Sharibu’s parents on Friday and assured them of efforts to free their daughter.