UN demands release of aid workers abducted in Borno

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The United Nations, UN, has called for the immediate release of its aid workers abducted in  Kalabalge Local Government Area of Rann, Borno State.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon made the call at a news conference with the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima to mark this year’s World Humanitarian Day.

Attack on humanitarian workers
Mr Kallon said the aid workers were abducted while providing medical outreach to persons displaced by Boko Haram in March 2018 and condemned the attack on humanitarian workers in the northeast region.

“The United Nations condemns the killing and abduction of aid workers and urges parties to the conflict to enable the work of humanitarian workers and facilitate their access to people in line with the international humanitarian law.

“United Nations also calls for the release of aid workers who have been abducted in Northeast Nigeria. I call on Nigerian leaders to do everything in their power to protect the people caught up in conflict,”Mr Kallon said.

“A member of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA was killed in Damasak last week. These fatalities are a stark reminder of this dangerous reality for all humanitarians,” the UN envoy said.

Governor Shettima said the state government recognised the support of the UN in tackling the humanitarian crisis in the state especially in the areas of acute malnutrition in children.

Professionalism praised
He praised the humanitarian workers for their courage, sacrifice and professionalism in rendering services to displaced persons and others in need.

Rann, a village of about 150km West of Maiduguri, camping Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, came under attack in March this year by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere