Armed ViolenceNews

ISWAP Claims Abducting Red Cross Worker In Borno

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) says, via its propaganda news outlet, Amaq, that it has abducted a Red Cross employee in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

HumAngle gathered from the publication that the abducted staff of the Red Cross was taken on Monday at a checkpoint set up on the road by the terror group between Kareto and Gubio in Borno State.

This paper had earlier reported that three state officials were abducted on the same day by ISWAP in Mobbar Local Government Area of the state, but the group’s statement confirms that the victims were rather two state officials and one humanitarian worker.

The victims were stopped by the insurgents at a checkpoint set up in Wakilti while they were travelling from Damasak, a town about 200km from the state capital, Maiduguri.

The Red Cross has yet to make any official statement about a missing or abducted staff member.

ISWAP had a few days ago claimed responsibility for kidnapping a Nigerian policeman and a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force at a roadblock between Gubio and Damasak.

HumAngle learnt that about two weeks earlier, seven people were abducted along Damasak road.

In September, ISWAP abducted five employees of Borno State Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, a local government worker and another civilian.

The victims were intercepted and abducted at a checkpoint along Damasak road.

On July 18, 2019, six Action Against Hunger employees were abducted along Damasak road.

The captors killed one of their victims on September 25 of the same year and killed four others on December 13, 2019, while the only woman on the team, Grace Taku, remains in captivity.

Roads leading to and connecting Garrison towns have become death traps, as ISWAP and Boko Haram mount checkpoints to interdict civilians and humanitarian workers and ambush military convoys

In July, a total of 14 checkpoint incidents occurred, mainly in Borno State, up from five incidents in June, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The agency added that, in August, the trend increased with 16 incidents recorded.

Since 2009, Boko Haram’s violence in the northeast and the Lake Chad region has led to the displacement of more than two million people.


Editor’s note: This report was updated at 12:55 pm on December 2, 2020, to reflect that the information about the abduction was sourced from the IS’ news agency.

Support Our Journalism

There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.

To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.

Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.

Donate Here

Of course, we want our exclusive stories to reach as many people as possible and would appreciate it if you republish them. We only ask that you properly attribute to HumAngle, generally including the author's name, a link to the publication and a line of acknowledgement. Contact us for enquiries or requests.

Contact Us

Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Translate »