The United Nations (UN) has demanded the federal government to protect civilian’s population from Boko Haram terrorist further attacks says it’s violated international law.
This is coming in after Boko Haram killed travelers, aid workers and some abducted in Borno State.
Recall that the Boko Haram terrorist on Sunday, takeover from military, and mounted a roadblock at Burimari village between Monguno and Gajiram where they attacked travelers and killed many innocent travelers.
A similar attack occurred at the Babbangida-Gashua-Damaturu axis when suspected fighters of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) Sunday attempted to infiltrate Damaturu, Yobe.
The UN Humanitarian Office in Nigeria, in a statement signed by Antonio Jose Canhandula, condemned the violent incidents and the increasing attacks by the terror group, to set up checkpoints targeting civilians.
Canhandula stressed on the need for the Nigerian authorities to do their utmost to prevent further violence and brutality and to protect the civilian population, including aid workers, from such grave violations of international laws, especially women and children who are among the most vulnerable and are caught up in the violence.
He said: “Over 36,000 people have lost their lives since the beginning of the conflict, about half of them civilians who continue to pay the ultimate price of a crisis they did not start and do not want. Since the beginning of 2019, nine aid workers have already lost their lives while trying to provide life-saving assistance to those who desperately need it in Borno State.
“The upsurge in violence witnessed over the past year, and especially along the main roads over the last six months, is leading to a deteriorating humanitarian situation.
“Since the beginning of the year, over 160,000 people have fled looking for safety and arriving in already congested camps, stretching a majority of sites to capacity. Insecurity and violent attacks continue to hamper the ability of people in many areas of Borno and Yobe states, to access basic services, livelihoods, and land for farming and grazing.
“Over 7 million people remain in need of urgent life-saving assistance in the crisis-affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. Many are surviving in harsh conditions without humanitarian assistance as UN and humanitarian NGOs estimate 1.2 million people have become unreachable to them.
“The humanitarian community in Nigeria reminds all armed groups of their duty to protect civilians and calls for an increased respect of international humanitarian law.
“The protection of civilians is paramount, and we also call on the general public, including the media, to refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information. Spreading misinformation risks further endangering the safety of civilians abducted and those whose whereabouts are still unknown and could jeopardize their safe return.”