By Lillian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Five persons, believed to be aid workers, have been murdered by elements suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria’s North-East.
The gruesome killing of the aid workers, which was captured in a viral online video, showed five men forced to kneel before some masked men dressed in military fatigues, with a voice in the background reading out their offence in Hausa, before giving the execution order.
According to reports, among the murdered individuals, who are believed to be aid workers abducted during a raid in Monguno Local Government of Borno State on June 13, 2020, are staff of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, International Rescue Committee and a security guard.
Following their capture, the insurgents subsequently demanded a ransom of 500,000 dollars from the government for their release, consequent to which a live video was streamed by the insurgents showing the captives pleading with the government to help secure their release.
Action Against Hunger, an aid group, had earlier announced that one of its staff members along with three health workers and two drivers were missing after their convoy was attacked near the border with Niger.
Following the forging of an alliance with the Islamic State group, Boko Haram elements have launched a succession of devastating attacks on both hard and soft targets in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, despite claims by the military and government that they had been defeated.