The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kalon says he is ‘deeply disturbed’ by reports of abduction of aid workers in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.
Concise News learned that a vehicle belonging to Action Against Hunger was ambushed by an Armed Group 15 kilometers away from Damasak town.
According to the Country Director of Action Against Hunger, Shashwat Saraf, some of the occupants were abducted.
“I am deeply disturbed by reports of an incident involving aid workers from International NGOs in northern Borno State. As details are still coming in and information has yet to be confirmed, the humanitarian community in Nigeria is concerned about the safety of our ACF colleague, partners, and contractors involved in the attack against an aid convoy reported on 18 July on the Gubio-Damasak road,” the UN Coordinator, Kalon, said in a statement.
“They devote their lives to helping vulnerable people and communities in an area heavily affected by violence. I call on all who may have the influence to do everything they can to keep them unharmed and work towards their safe return.”
He urged the public to refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information because misinformation may put the concerned workers at risk.
“These acts of violence affect the very individuals, families, and communities that we support, and deprive vulnerable people of vital services. All parties should protect and facilitate the delivery of aid. Despite constraints, the humanitarian community remains committed to doing its utmost to provide lifesaving assistance and help the people in north-east Nigeria rebuild their lives,” he added.