UN expresses concern over renewed Boko Haram attack, withdraws 260 workers

UN expresses concern over renewed Boko Haram attack, withdraws 260 workers

- The United Nations expressed worry over new Boko Haram attacks in the northeast

- The UN said the renewed attack has forced some people away from their homes

- The humanitarian organisation said it has withdrawn 260 aid workers

The United Nation has expressed worry over renewed Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast leading to the withdrawal of 260 aid workers.

The Punch reports that its humanitarian service in the northeast has been affected due to the renewed attacks.

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The UN also said more than 30,000 people had arrived in Maiduguri from Baga following the Boko Haram’s attack on the town.

Samantha Newport who is the spokesperson of the UN in a statement on Wednesday, January 9 said the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, expressed grave concern following an upsurge in violent attack in the region.

Part of the statement read: “Clashes on December 26, 2018, between Nigerian government forces and non-state armed groups in Baga town, on the shores of Lake Chad, about 200 kilometres north of state capital Maiduguri, triggered the massive displacement, with most women, men and children converging on already congested camps for internally displaced people in Maiduguri or Monguno town.

“A subsequent attempted attack on Monguno on December 28, 2018, has exacerbated the situation, generating further displacement.”

“The impact of the recent fighting on innocent civilians is devastating and has created a humanitarian tragedy.”

“It is heart-wrenching to see so many of these people living in congested camps, or sleeping outside with no shelter. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict and the United Nations is extremely concerned about the impact that violence in north-east Nigeria, especially in Borno State, is having on civilians.”

“30,000 internally displaced people have arrived in Maiduguri, mainly from Baga, in recent weeks. The majority of these people have arrived since December 20, 2018, often after arduous journeys with young children. These people include an estimated 20,000 internally displaced people who have arrived in Teachers Village camp in Maiduguri, stretching the camp’s capacity beyond the limit.

“Some 260 aid workers have been withdrawn from three local government areas (Monguno, Kala/Balge and Kukawa) affected by the conflict since November, affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Buhari on Monday in Abuja met a delegation from Borno, and restated his administration’s unwavering determination to equip the military to overcome the insurgency in the northeast.

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The president told the delegation led by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno the collective safety and security of civilians would continue to remain paramount in the administration’s strategy to restore peace and stability in the region.

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