Arrest And Prosecute Rann Attackers, UN Chief Tasks Nigeria
It is another deja vu for Nigeria and the United Nations, but the world body wants the African giant that has suffered terror attacks for over eight years to act fast.
The black Friday experienced in Abuja on 26 August 2011 when Boko Haram attacked a United Nations' building, came back in another form on February 1, 2018.
Suspected members of the terrorist group again made the United Nations its target, killing some of its workers in Rann, a community in Borno State.
Now, the United Nations' Secretary-General, António Guterres, wants the Nigerian government to apprehend and prosecute those who carried out the attack.
Guterres' demand is coming just as the world body has evacuated all humanitarian personnel and announced temporary suspension of all humanitarian deliveries in the area.
He condemned the killing of three aid workers in Rann, following an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Thursday night.
The UN chief recalled that attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure violated international humanitarian law.
“Those responsible for these and other atrocities in Nigeria must be apprehended and prosecuted,” the UN scribe said.
The Secretary-General called on all the parties to ensure at all times the protection of all civilians.
According to the UN, at least one other aid worker remains critically injured and another three are still missing while eight members of the Nigerian national security forces were also killed.
The UN chief said: “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 also expressed his deepest condolences to the affected aid workers, their families and to the Government and people of Nigeria.
The UN scribe wished those injured a swift recovery.