The United Nations has condemned the killing of an aid worker by a soldier in Damboa local government area of Borno state.
On Thursday, a soldier opened fire on humanitarian workers and his colleagues, killing one and injuring another.
In a statement by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, sympathised with the family of the slain aid worker.
The statement reads in part: “Yesterday’s killing of a staff member of the humanitarian non-governmental organization Meědecins du Monde in Damboa, Borno State is deeply disturbing and sad.
“On behalf of the United Nations, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the aid worker’s family and to her colleagues.
“I also wish a speedy recovery to a pilot working with the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) who was injured in the deplorable attack by an apparently rogue soldier.
“All humanitarian staff working in north-east Nigeria deserve our fullest respect for their courage and commitment to stay and deliver life-saving assistance to people in need in often difficult and dangerous circumstances. Humanitarian workers must be protected.
“While appreciating the quick interventions by all actors, ” I laud the Government and the military’s efforts to speedily investigate yesterday’s incident and urge them to strengthen remedial measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.”
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