By Michael Olugbode
United Nations has condemned last Saturday’s attack by terrorist group on Some parts of Borno State.
A statement issued by the Humanitarian Coordinator of UN in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, said the act of the group is vehemently condemned,
It said the violent attacks by non-state armed groups in Monguno and Nganzai Local Government Areas last Saturday in which many civilians were killed, including a four-year old girl, 37 other civilians injured and a major humanitarian facility was damaged, stand condemned.
Kallon said: “I am deeply saddened by the news that many civilians, including an innocent child, lost their lives in these horrific attacks. My deepest condolences go to their family. Those who were injured are also in my thoughts, and I wish them a speedy recovery.
“I am appalled by the continued violent attacks launched by non-state armed groups in civilian areas in Borno State.”
The statement said: “On June 13, non-state armed group aboard light trucks mounted with heavy artillery raided Goni Usmanti community in Nganzai LGA before penetrating the town of Monguno around 11.45 a.m. from two different entry points, resulting in clashes with the military which lasted for about two hours. The armed assailants reached the humanitarian hub, where over 50 aid workers were present at the time of the attack.
“Though the facility only sustained light damage, initial reports indicated it was directly targeted and an unexploded projectile was found at the gate. All UN and INGO vehicles in front of the humanitarian hub, which includes humanitarian offices and accommodation, were set ablaze. Protective security measures deployed at the hub prevented any harm to the staff inside though.”
Kallon said. “I am relieved that all staff members are safe and secure, but I am shocked by the intensity of this attack. It is the latest of too many clashes affecting civilians, humanitarian actors and the assistance we provide.
“Civilians and aid workers, and their facilities and assets should never be a target and must be protected and respected at all times. I continue to call on all parties to respect and protect civilians and humanitarian personnel in accordance with international humanitarian law.”
The statement recalled that: “On January 18, another humanitarian hub in the town of Ngala, near the border of Cameroon, was the target of a complex assault by non-state armed groups. An entire section of the facility was burned down as well as one of the few vehicles UN agencies rely on for the delivery of aid.
“Such incidents impede the ability for aid workers to stay and deliver assistance to the people mostly in need in these remote areas.”