The United Nations (UN) and the Medicine Sans Frontiers, MSF, have pulled out aid workers from Rann, Borno state, Northeastern Nigerian following last Thursday’s Boko Haram attack in which three aid workers were killed and two others kidnapped.
UN had in an earlier statement also revealed that about eight Nigerian Security officials died in the attack.
Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the suspension of humanitarian services by the global body in the town.
He also reiterated calls by the Secretary General that the perpetrators of the Rann mayhem must be apprehended and punished for their action in the statement.
The statement reads: “The Secretary-General condemns the killing of three aid workers last night in Rann town in Borno state, Nigeria, following an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. At least one other aid worker remains critically injured and another three are still missing. Eight members of the Nigerian national security forces were also killed.
“At the time of the attack, over 40 humanitarian workers were in Rann. All humanitarian personnel have been evacuated from Rann, and all humanitarian deliveries in the area have been temporarily suspended.
“The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the affected aid workers, their families and to the Government and people of Nigeria. He wishes those injured a swift recovery. The Secretary-General recalls that attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure violate international humanitarian law.
“Those responsible for these and other atrocities in Nigeria must be apprehended and prosecuted.
“The Secretary-General calls on all the parties to ensure at all times the protection of all civilians in Nigeria.
Similarly, Field Communication officer of the Doctors Without Borders, otherwise known as Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF), Maro Verli, said; “Following the violent attack in Rann, Borno state, on Thursday 1 March, Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) decided to suspend its medical activities in the town.
“MSF team has been providing medical care to the 40,000 people in Rann, since January 2017. Mobile teams delivered assistance on a regular basis, and a permanent medical team has been based in Rann since September 2017.”