- The UN has expressed shock over the killing of some aid workers by insurgents in Borno
- The UN's humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has made some serious remarks about the development
- Kallon said that these violent acts are aided by the multiple checkpoints mounted by non-state armed groups
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The United Nations (UN) has reacted to the rampant killing and kidnapping of innocent persons in Nigeria, the most recent of which is the execution of aid workers by insurgents in Borno.
Speaking on the development, the UN's humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said that the aid workers were killed by terrorists while they were on official duties to provide assistance to vulnerable persons in the state, PM News reports.
Kallon pointed out that one of the factors aiding the activities of the criminals is "the number of illegal checkpoints set up by non-state armed groups along main supply routes."
He said: "These checkpoints disrupt the delivery of life-saving assistance and heighten the risks for civilians of being abducted, killed or injured, with aid workers increasingly being singled out."
However, Kallon, made it clear that the tragic development will in no way deter the international community from providing aid to millions of Nigerians who are in great need assistance, especially in the northern region of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that suspected Boko Haram insurgents had demanded an outrageous amount of money for the release of four aide workers and one security guard.
The terrorists demanded $500,000 (N194 million) to release the abductees. The captives were seen in a video released by the terrorists appealing to the federal government and their organisations to come to their rescue.
The captives reportedly include the staff of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Action Against Hunger, Rich International, and International Rescue Committee, and private security guard.
One of the leading negotiators said the group was demanding $500,000 to free the captives.
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