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It is clear that the numerous claims by Nigeria military of defeating the terrorist group Boko Haram is a mere propaganda and far from the truth and reality on ground. This is as according to official statement by United Nations on Thursday which said that the group are increasingly mounting checkpoints on roads in Borno and Yobe States without any interference by security.

The UN lamented that activities of the terrorist group in the northeast had worsened, especially the rate at which humanitarian workers are being kidnapped in the region despite the claims by the Nigeria military that the group have been defeated.

Speaking in a statement, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, said no fewer than 12 aid workers were killed by the insurgents in 2019 alone. Which is double of what was recorded in 2018 Kallon said.

 

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Kallon’s statement came after the Islamic State, IS-affiliated Boko Haram terrorist on Wednesday freed five aide workers and civilians in their captivity.

He said,  “I am deeply relieved that some civilians, including three aid workers, who were abducted by non-state armed groups along the Monguno–Maiduguri road on 22 December 2019 have been released yesterday (Wednesday) and are now safe.

“The whole humanitarian community in Nigeria shares the joy of the families, friends and colleagues of these aid workers, who can now put to rest the unimaginable anxiety of missing their loved ones.

 

“These dedicated humanitarians were working to provide life-saving support to millions of Nigeria’s most vulnerable in north-eastern Borno State. They should never have been a target or have to endure the trauma of being held captive.

 

“Despite this encouraging news, I am concerned about the fate of the other civilians abducted in this incident. I also remain gravely concerned for the lives of our ACF colleague Grace Taku, abducted near Damasak in July 2019, and Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018. Both are still held captive by non-state armed groups. The United Nations and its humanitarian partners call for their immediate and safe release.

“I am extremely worried by the increasingly insecure environment that humanitarians are working in to provide urgent and vital assistance to civilians affected by the crisis. The humanitarian community is troubled by the increasing trend in vehicular checkpoints set up by non-state armed groups along main supply routes in the states of Borno and Yobe.

 

“These checkpoints expose civilians and humanitarians to heightened risks of being killed or abducted. I urge all parties to the conflict to protect the civilian population, including aid workers, from such grave violations of international laws, especially women and children who are among the most vulnerable and are caught up in the violence.

 

“Aid workers and the assistance they provide to the most vulnerable populations make the difference between life and death for entire communities in crisis-affected Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, thus, their security is paramount and I call on all parties to assure the safety of aid workers and the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid.” The report said.

AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK