- The United Nations (UN) humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria has expressed worry over delayed aid packages for refugees in Rann
- Edward Kallon said aid supplies were looted and warehouses, medical clinic, and accommodation were also destroyed in an attack by an unnamed armed group
- Report mentioned over 76,000 refugees were being affected by the delay
Edward Kallon, the United Nations (UN) humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, has expressed worry that the aid packages for refugees in Rann, a town in eastern Borno state were interrupted after an attack by an unnamed armed group.
The interruption of the relief materials were as a consequence of the deadly attack on a military base in Rann which lasted from Monday, January 14 to Tuesday, January 15, Daily Trust reports.
It was gathered that refugees who may be affected as a result of the interruption were around 76,000.
Kallon said humanitarian supplies were looted and warehouses, medical clinic, and accommodation were also attacked, saying the attack caused many to seek refuge in neighbouring Cameroon.
He said: “The attacks on Rann, that are increasingly frequent, are having a devastating impact on the civilians taking refuge in this isolated town and severely affecting our ability to deliver life-saving aid to women, men and children in need.
“This attack has spread fear among an already vulnerable population, and humanitarian assets were also targeted. I urge the government of Nigeria to protect civilians, including aid workers.”
Other areas that have suffered recent attacks in Borno state are Kukawa and Monguno local government areas with 43,000 and 32,000 people respectively having to leave their homes.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a fresh attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents was launched on a community in Borno state.
The number of casualties was yet unknown as gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram extremist group attacked a community in Magumeri, a local government headquarters in Borno state.
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