Hauwa Leman (image courtesy ICRC)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said it cannot confirm the execution of its aid worker Hauwa Liman by Boko Haram, despite Nigerian media reporting her killing.

Boko Haram killed Liman after a deadline they gave to the Nigerian Government to meet their demands expired, according to an online news body, TheCable.

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“We have kept our word exactly as we said, by killing another humanitarian worker, Hauwa Liman, who is working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that were abducted during a raid on a military facility in Rann, Kala Balge in March 2018,” the news outlet quoted ISWAP as saying, according to a clip.

“Saifura and Hauwa were killed because they are considered as Murtads (apostates) by the group because they were once Muslims that have abandoned their Islam, the moment they chose to work with the Red Cross, and for us, there is no difference between Red Cross and UNICEF.”

But the ICRC said in tweet on Monday night that the organisation had yet to confirm the execution of Liman.

”At this stage we don’t have confirmation this is true. We desperately hope not. We will provide an update when we have accurate information,” the organisation’s tweet read.