Updated: February 25, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday the attack on humanitarian workers in Rann, Borno State, “more than ever shows Boko Haram insurgents as godless, brutish, and utterly to be despised”.
“As I have always maintained, no true religion advocates hurting the innocent. To now further attack and kill those offering humanitarian aid is the height of bestiality. It is odious before both God and man,” the President said, while sympathizing with the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies working at Rann, and in the country generally.
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“President Buhari affirms that such cowardly attacks can only bolster the determination of government to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to a decisive end, in the shortest possible time,” the statement by the presidency said.
Boko Haram terrorists overnight killed at least four United Nations humanitarian workers in Rann, a community in Kala Balge Local Government of Borno in Southeastern Nigeria.
Those killed were all Nigerians, the United Nations said in a statement, adding that many soldiers were also killed.
A female aid worker was also missing while the other one, hit by bullets, sustained injuries.
Samantha Newport, Head of Communications, UNICEF Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told the News Agency of Nigeria that two of the deceased were personnel of UN client organisation, International Organisation of Migration (IOM), deployed to Rann as camp managers.
She sasid others killed were a medical doctor working as a consultant with UNICEF and an aid worker with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) affiliate organisation.
The UNICEF communications head said a female nurse was abducted, while another female aid worker was injured in the attack.
Nigerian newspaper said Boko Haram attacked the town at about 7 p.m. on Thursday and attacked a military base and an internally displaced persons camp in Rann.