The nurse abducted by the Boko Haram sect in Rann, Borno State, Hauwa Leman, released a message via Whatsapp just before she was held captive.
In the audio sent to one of her male friends, Leman who spoke in Hausa demanded that her parents be informed that she had been kidnapped.
Running and panting, the victim said: “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. That was the last that was heard from Leman, a 24, year-old student studying health education at the University of Maiduguri.
Boko Haram fighters had invaded Rann, a town in Kala Balge local government area of Borno state, on Thursday.
Four soldiers, four policemen and three humanitarian aid workers were killed in the attack, which led to the abduction of Leman.
According to reports, an international organisation contracted the nurse to work in Rann for a period of three months.
The Editor-in-Chief of Yerwa Express News, a local publication in Maiduguri, Abdulhameed Algarzali, who is a friend of the victim, said the nurse assumed work two weeks ago.
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.”
…as Nigerians condemn Buhari’s visit to Kano for wedding
Barrage of criticisms have continued to greet the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to attend the wedding of daughter of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Fatima, and Idris, the son of Abiola.
Ajimobi of Oyo State, at a time the country is in turmoil.
Buhari on Saturday alongside national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, joined other dignitaries at the octane wedding.
Reacting to the development, the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, took to his twitter page commending those clamouring for Buhari visit to Rann, Taraba , Benue and other parts of the country in chaos.
The lawmaker described the call for Buhari’s visit to the affected states as putting the President in the right place as the father of nation.
He wrote, “Those telling the President to visit Dapchi, Taraba,Rann & Benue are not enemies of the President,they are people who want him to be in the right place at the right time as our leader, as a human being, as a father; for history and for morality.”
Similarly, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State criticised Buhari for not visiting the states where killings and abductions have been recorded this year.
In his reaction, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Ntufam Mba Ukweni, regretted that while Nigerians were crying over the abduction of 110 Secondary Schools’ girls in Yobe State, President Buhari and others including over 20 governors were enjoying themselves in Kano.
Ukweni while speaking with newsmen, said, “The conduct of Mr. President Buhari is not proper at all; it is an indication of irresponsive government, the government that is responsive don’t behalf that way” he said.
“This government doesn’t care about what happen to the people they governed. People cannot be mourning but some people are junketing around and attending all kinds of marriages.
According to him, Buhari’s government had promised that the issue of Boko Haram will be a thing of the past but here we are, instead of Boko Haram giving way, we are witnessing the kidnapped of 110 girls in Yobe, “It’s a sad development,” he stated.
He further said, “look at what is happening today, the government itself is encouraging bridges of security, it is not good enough. People are mourning but you are enjoying.
“The playing game was over, the essence of coming to power was to, amongst others steam the security challenges and other perceived problems. Nigerians voted him to power to solve numerous problems faced by them but today, reverse is the case, Nigerians have more problems than what they envisaged.
“That attitude was not good at all and it is to show Nigerians that the APC government did they not prepare for governance. It is irresponsible and irresponsible act, one attitude of government was to be responsible for the plight of the people, I condemned that act. It is an act of insensitivity,” he stated.