Nigerian senate president condemns killings of U.N. aid workers by Boko Haram overnight


Updated: March 7, 2021

The Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has condemned the Boko Haram attack in Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge local government area of Borno State, that left several UN aid workers and many Nigerian soldiers dead or missing on Thursday night.

Mr. Saraki described the attack as cowardly and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

“My prayers are with the people of Rann, Borno State at this time,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Last night’s despicable attack that led to the deaths of several aid workers is a callous and cowardly act. Our security forces must not relent until they bring the perpetrators of this atrocity to justice.”

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.


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