The United Nations has renewed its call for the release of its aid worker, Alice Lokshah, who is still in the custody of Boko Haram terrorists.
This is contained in a statement on Friday by the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the deadly attack on Rann town in Borno State, eight kilometres from Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.
Describing the day as one of mixed emotions for everyone involved in humanitarian work, Mr. Kallon said, “We remember those we lost as a result of the attack on Rann.
In their memory we also celebrate the strength, resilience and compassion of the humanitarian spirit.”During the attack, three UN aid workers – Dr. Izuogu Onyedikachi, Emmanuel Sonter, and Ibrahim Lawan – who were providing humanitarian assistance to thousands of internally displaced people in Rann, were killed.
Mr. Kallon added, “Non-state armed groups also kidnapped three female aid workers in this attack. Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Hauwa Mohammed Liman, both midwives, were executed by their captors in September 2018 and October 2018 respectively.
Alice Lokshah, a nurse and mother, is still being held. The United Nations calls for the immediate release of Alice, and for her safe return to her family.
He said, “The attack on 1 March 2018 sent shock-waves through our community of aid workers from the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.
Any time violence claims an innocent life, it affects us all.” While paying tribute to the victims for their sacrifice, courage and selfless service, Mr. Kallon said, “The most meaningful tribute to the lives of these aid workers is to carry on their work with conviction in the humanitarian principles we stand for and uphold.”