Kidnappers kill British aid worker Faye Mooney in Nigeria
A British aid worker, Faye Mooney, was killed in Nigeria by kidnappers on Sunday. Faye Mooney was 29 years old. The attack happened near Kaduna in a holiday resort. A Nigerian man was shot dead during the attack as well and three other people were abducted. The Nigerian police and the British High Commission confirmed the attack.
Faye Mooney killed
Kidnappings for ransom are not uncommon in Nigeria, and Faye Mooney’s case highlights this problem.
The victim travelled to Kaduna from Lagos to attend a party and met a sad end. The British High Commission refused to speculate on the motive of the attack but they confirmed the British national’s death. The Nigerian Police Force says the suspects are yet to be apprehended. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Before her death, Faye Mooney was an employee of Mercy Corps, a non-governmental organisation in Nigeria. Her family has since been informed of her demise.
Tributes continue to pour in from her family and friends. She has been described as an inspiration to everyone around her. “Her memory will forever be cherished,” her family says.
Mercy Corps, Mooney’s employer for the past two years, left a heartfelt tribute on their social media pages for their fallen comrade.
“Faye was a dedicated and passionate communications and learning specialist,” Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps said. Her colleagues are said to be heartbroken.
The surprise attack
The Kaduna State Police say that gunmen stormed Kajuru Castle on Sunday, shooting sporadically into the air. This resulted in two deaths before the gunmen abducted three other people. The Nigerian casualty of the shooting has not been named.
The police force is working closely with the British High Commission to investigate the incident.
Insurgency in Northern Nigeria
Insurgency continues to be a problem in Northern Nigeria. Nigerian security agencies have been working to rid the North of Boko Haram and the Islamic State terrorists. There have also been deadly clashes between herders and farmers.
The Chibok girls—the 270 schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014—are yet to return five years after they were kidnapped from their school.