Following the killing of an aid worker in Maiduguri by Boko Haram insurgents, Mr. Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, has expressed shock and sadness over the murder of the humanitarian aid worker.
This is contained in a statement by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), issued on Wednesday in Maiduguri.
Kallon called for the unconditional release of other humanitarian workers in insurgents’ captivity.
In his words “My most heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends, and colleagues.
“I am appalled and deeply saddened by the news of the horrific execution of an aid worker this morning,” He called on authorities to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice.
The UN official renewed call for all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of aid workers and respect of international humanitarian law.
Kallon stressed that services offered by aid workers were being implemented in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, independence, and impartiality.
He reiterated that the humanitarian community was working in line with the 2019/2021 Humanitarian Response Strategy, jointly implemented in collaboration with the Federal Government.