A special force comprising operatives of intelligence service and the military have detected the location of missing humanitarian aid workers of Action Against Hunger (AAH) who were declared missing after Boko Haram terrorists ambushed their vehicle in Borno State.
An intelligence operative told PRNigeria on Sunday that the operation of special force is being directly coordinated by Major General Bulama Biu, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of the Nigerian Army.
Through the operation, some informants who were divulging information to the terrorists in the axis were arrested.
The source said: “The special force was able to detect the location of the humanitarian aid workers after some arrests were made.
“You may recall that the terrorists had attacked the convoy of the humanitarian workers last Thursday (July 18, 2019) at Damasak, headquarters of the Mobbar local government area along on their way to provide life-saving assistance to individuals and families, affected by the humanitarian crisis.
“Unfortunately the driver named Kashim Ritam was killed while his vehicle with registration No MAG 981 AA was damaged at Zari village less than 20 kilometres from Damasak town. Some of the missing staff are Grace Taku, Ali Kayiri, Ali A Mustapha, Ali Gaya, Mallam Nuhu, Mohammed Abba Gana.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon has expressed deep concern over the abduction.
In a statement made available to newsmen, Kallon said, “I am deeply disturbed by reports of an incident involving aid workers from International NGOs in northern Borno State.
“As details are still coming in and information has yet to be confirmed, the humanitarian community in Nigeria is concerned about the safety of our ACF colleague, partners and contractors involved in the attack against an aid convoy reported on 18 July on the Gubio-Damasak road.
“First and foremost, my thoughts are with them and their families. They devote their lives to helping vulnerable people and communities in an area heavily affected by violence. I call on all who may have influence to do everything they can to keep them unharmed and work towards their safe return.
“Today, 7.1 million people still need humanitarian assistance. Violence, insecurity and inaccessibility to remote areas of Borno State continue to hamper the response to urgent needs.
“These acts of violence affect the very individuals, families, and communities that we support, and deprive vulnerable people of vital services. All parties should protect and facilitate the delivery of aid.
“Despite constraints, the humanitarian community remains committed to do its utmost to provide lifesaving assistance and help the people in north-east Nigeria rebuild their lives.”
Similarly, the Country Director, Action Against Hunger, Mr. Shashwat Saraf, expressed sadness about the incident.
“We are very concerned and want to ensure that they are safe and can be reunited with their families”, he said in a statement.
“Action Against Hunger strives to ensure that millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria receive the essential services required for their survival, especially women and children.
“We express our deepest condolences to the family of our driver and we extend our support to the family of our missing colleagues as well as others affected by this incident.”
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