Mr. Edward Kallon, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, has expressed concern over the deteriorating state of insecurity in the north-east of Nigeria, saying thousands of civilians have fled due to Boko Haram attacks. He expressed his worry in a statement released by Head of Communication, Samantha Newport, in Maiduguri yesterday.
He disclosed that the December 26, 2018 clash between troops and the Islamist sect in Baga town triggered massive displacement of people. “The impact of the recent fighting on innocent civilians is devastating and has created a humanitarian tragedy,” he said. He noted also that the recent attack on Monguno displaced over 58, 000 people. “It is heart-wrenching to see so many of these people living in congested camps or sleeping outside with no shelter,” he said.
Kallon revealed that about 260 aid workers have been withdrawn from three local government areas of Monguno, Kala/Balge, and Kukawa. Regretting that the fighting was hampering the delivery of assistance to hundreds of thousands, he stressed: “This is the largest withdrawal of aid workers since the international humanitarian response was scaled up in 2016.”
This came as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) called for a new approach to the deployment of security personnel for the 2019 general elections. The commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the appeal yesterday at the quarterly consultative meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).