“I am shocked by the violence and intensity of this attack, which is the latest of too many incidents directly targeting humanitarian actors and the assistance we provide,” stressed the Humanitarian Coordinator.
“I am relieved all staff is now safe and secure. Aid workers, humanitarian facilities and assets cannot be a target and must be protected and respected at all times.
“Such incidents have a disastrous effect on the lives of the most vulnerable people who depend on our assistance to survive. Many of them had already fled violence in their area of origin and were hoping to find safety and assistance in Ngala.
“This also jeopardizes the ability for aid workers to stay and deliver assistance to the people most in need in remote areas in Borno State.
“I call on all parties to the conflict to respect the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality which guide the assistance the humanitarian community delivers in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe,” he added.
Aid workers are providing assistance to more than 55,000 people in Ngala town, near the border with Cameroon.
In 2019, over 10,000 people arrived in Ngala, I need of security and basic services.
The UN and NGO partners in Nigeria have been working to bring key assistance to over seven million people in the crisis-ridden Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, and are increasingly the target of attacks.
Twelve aid workers lost their lives in 2019, which is twice the number in the previous year.
Two aid workers remain in the captivity of the terrorist group.
The UN and its humanitarian partners have called for their immediate safe return.