‘Tell my parents I’m in trouble’ – Nurse abducted by Boko Haram

An audio message Nurse Hauwa Leman sent to one of her male friends via Whatsapp, after Boko Haram insurgents invaded Rann, Borno state, on Thursday, killing four soldiers, four policemen and three humanitarian aid workers in the attack, and further abducting the nurse has been released.

'Tell my parents I’m in trouble' - Nurse abducted by Boko Haram lailasnews

Abdulhameed Algarzali, editor-in-chief of YERWA EXPRESS NEWS, a local Newspaper in Maiduguri, who is a friend of the victim, said the nurse resumed work two weeks ago after an international organisation contracted her to work in Rann for a period of three months.

Nurse Leman, the 24-year-old student studying health education at the University of Maiduguri who spoke in Hausa in the audio message, told her friend to tell her Parents that she has been kidnapped and that she is in trouble.

“We are under attack in Rann. .

They are shooting everywhere please pray for me; please go and tell my parents that I am in trouble. Please, look for Fatima and tell her they are taking us away. They have entered here now…”

At that point, a male voice ordered her to keep quiet and not to move an inch.

Here’s the audio below;

Cableng reports that Algarzali said Leman told him she was going to spend two weeks in Gamboru-Ngala, headquarters of Ngala local government area of Borno when she visited him the night before the incident.

He said family members and friends of Leman thought she was working at Gamboru Ngala.

“It seems she did not disclose that she was posted to Rann… why she refused to do so is not clear,” he said.

“I did not believe the story at first because the Hauwa I met a day to her journey told me she was going to Gamboru Ngala for just two weeks.

“It is surprising therefore that this happened to her in Rann. I mean how did she get there?

“It’s possible she did it deliberately to avoid causing unnecessary panic, considering the situation in Rann, or to avoid being stopped by her family. But another possibility is that her employer, an international humanitarian organisation providing medical assistance to over 40,000 displaced persons, misinformed her of the true posting.”


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