Two people, including British Aid worker, killed by gunmen at Nigerian holiday resort

April 22, 2019 | Brainwave Science

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 British Aid worker and one, killed by gunmen at Nigerian holiday resortSITUATION

Two people were shot dead by gunmen who stormed a holiday resort in Nigeria. One of them, a British Aid worker named Faye Mooney, was from Manchester, United Kingdom. The 29-year-old woman had been working with the Mercy Corps in Nigeria, but on holiday when she was killed in the northern city of Kaduna. The other victim was a Nigerian man. Three others were kidnapped during the attack on Friday.

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, with British Aid workers and those of other nationalities, but similar professions. Ms Mooney was employed in Nigeria as a communication specialist for the non-governmental organization Mercy Corps. Chief Executive ‘Mercy Corps’ said she had worked with the company for almost two years “leading efforts to counter hate speech and violence” in Nigeria.

The British Aid worker was a graduate of University College London and the London School of Economics and had previously worked in Iraq and Kosovo.

Police said there had been no claim of responsibility for the incident and the kidnappers were yet to be identified.

A spokesperson said a group armed with dangerous weapons had gained entry to Kajuru Castle and began shooting sporadically, killing two people and kidnapping three others.


There are many challenges which prevail, firstly that the group responsible has not been identified. This makes the work of the investigating authorities much more complex. It is not even sure if the kidnapping and the murders are from an extortion motive or a terror motive. Is it that Ms. Mooney was targeted because she was leading efforts to counter hate speech and violence.

It is common knowledge that Humanitarian aid workers, especially of white skin colour are on the cross-hairs of African counter-terrorism groups. It can be understood that they are being killed to send out a message of terror.

These workers are endangered globally as well. Such animosity is prevalent in states like Syria and Afghanistan to a high degree. According to preliminary data for the year 2018, 102 security aid workers were killed, 80 wounded and 101 kidnapped. Around 10% of victims who are involved in disbursing humanitarian aid. Only in January, militants attacked a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya which claimed the lives of 15 people.

In 2017, South Sudan was termed as the most dangerous country for aid workers. There had been 46 attacks on the workers that year, in comparison to Nigeria which stood at Rank 5, with 8 attacks. In all, most of the 158 attacks in 2017 occurred countries with continuing conflict.

Not only humanitarian aid workers, but Nigeria is also a place hostile towards school children, especially girls. In 2017, Boko Hara (now ISWAP) kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls and later forced to convert to Islam.

Sporadic shooting, suicide attacks and bomb blasts seem to be the order of the day.

While there are many big attacks which are meant to murder as many people as wanted, there are also attacks which target a certain community or a profession, in other words, a perceived threat or hurdle.

Is there a solution in existence which can indicate the level of a person’s likely involvement of crimes and terrorism, without violating their human rights, without interrogating them for prolonged periods of time, surpassing the barriers of language?


The Massachusetts based Brainwave Science is the developer and provider of iCognative, a cutting edge technology which can rapidly screen suspects and flag the ones which are found to possess very specific information which the investigators are looking for.iCognative declares results as soon as the 45-minute test is over. Using this cutting-edge technology, the investigators can quickly find out which suspect is the most suspicious and most likely to be the culprit. This makes the fight more productive and efficient. Agencies can now have the advantage in the fight against criminals and terrorists.

iCognative technology uses a computer-based method to indicate if the person being tested has a recollection of a specific word, phrase or an image or not. It could represent a detail related to the crime which only an executor or a planner could know. This knowledge can be extremely useful for law enforcement, counter-terrorism, border security. Such a tool is useful also to border security officials, immigration and anti-trafficking agencies.

There is no need for question and answers during the between the test administrator and the suspect. The test is conducted using a proprietary wireless headset and a laptop computer running the iCognative software. The testee sees these stimuli and their brain response to each of these stimuli is recorded and analyzed. The response can be different depending on whether the testee has awareness of the flashed item or not. This response can be obtained from the revolutionary iCognative system and is accurate to a degree of 99.9%. This technology does not report any false positives or false negatives. There is no trauma involved in the process. Consequently, false imprisonment, delayed justice, and torture can be avoided using iCognative.

The technology has vast applications and is applicable in more than 85% of all criminal and civil cases. The Nigerian agencies and government stand to benefit enormously by using iCognative by Brainwave Science as their go-to forensic tool in their fight against the terrorists plaguing the region.

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