The United Nations is calling for the immediate release of an aid worker, Alice Lokshah, a nurse and mother, who still being held captive.
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon stated this on the one year remembrance of the killing of three Aid workers in Rann, Borno state.
According to Kallon, the attack on 1 March 2018, sent shockwaves through the community of aid workers from the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.
“Any time violence claims an innocent life, it affects us all. But even more so when it robs us of young and talented professionals, full of hope and promise, dedicated to serving their fellow countrymen and women. That is a shock that strikes at the very core of our humanity.”
“Today marks one year since the deadly attack on Rann town in Borno State, that claimed the young lives of three dedicated aid workers, who were providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to thousands of internally displaced people there.”
Doctor Izuogu Anthony Onyedikachi, Emmanuel Yawe Sonter, and Ibrahim Lawan were working in challenging and remote conditions in north-east Nigeria, just eight kilometres from the border with Cameroon, and faced personal hardship, living away from their families.
“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.”