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International Rescue Committee (IRC) staff executed by Boko Haram in Borno

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A staff of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Luka Filibus, has been executed in Borno by Boko Haram terrorists

Born in Gwoza Borno state, he studied history and geography at the Kashim Ibrahim College of Education Maiduguri and had worked as a child protection assistant at the IRC for one year.

Luka was captured along with other aid workers from the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, and a security guard, during a raid in Monguno Local Government of Borno State on June 13, 2020.

They were sumarily executed on video after the insurgents demanded the sum of 500,000 dollars to release them. No information has been released about any attempt to pay the ransom or if an attempt was made to rescue them.

A statement from the IRC reads: “Luka and his family were forced to flee their home, and he was still compelled to alleviate the suffering of children. He dedicated his life to protecting children and to help lessen their trauma in the face of crisis.

His colleagues in Nigeria remember him always with a smile on his face. We grieve with Luka’s family and will do everything we can to support them through this challenging time.

We condemn this barbaric treatment and demand the immediate return of his remains to his family. The killing of aid workers is a violation of international law. Aid workers must never be a target.”

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