The very chilling WhatsApp audio of a 24-year old University of Maiduguri student who was abducted by Boko Haram in Rann, Borno state last Thursday, has been released online. Hauwa Leman was contracted by a humanitarian organization in Borno state.
In the audio she sent to her friend, Abdulhameed Algarzali of YERWA EXPRESS NEWS, a local Newspaper in Maiduguri, Hauwa who was very frightened and was running and panting, 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…”.
Algarzali said Hauwa did not tell anyone she was going to Rann for a job. According to him, she had 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.
It seems she did not disclose that she was posted to Rann… why she refused to do so is not clear. 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.”
You can listen to the voice note HERE