NGOs Withdraw Workers As Boko Haram Plans Massive Attacks On Borno, Yobe Communities

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According an exclusive report by SaharaReporters, some are a series of attacks communities in Borno and Yobe states.

According a military source, non-governmental organisations working in the area have been informed and have started withdrawing their workers the two states.

“They () have been quiet for some time now due the pressure troops of Operation TURA TAKAI BANGO. But the intelligence report we got recently showed that both the Abubakar Shekau-led faction and ISWAP (Islamic in West Africa Province) are massive attacks different communities in both Yobe and Borno.

“We have informed all operational commanders to stay alert; all NGOs and workers have also been informed. Some of the NGOs have started withdrawing their workers but I can assure you that men of the Nigerian are fully alert for them,” a colonel told SaharaReporters.

The insurgents had in March 2021 invaded the United Nations hub in Dikwa, Borno , burning down the facility.

The gunmen also abducted no fewer than seven workers the facility.

The terrorists who came with heavy machine guns and trucks, also took possession of the military formation, including high-profile fighting equipment and vehicles.

The group also burnt some public buildings, including the primary health care centre, local government secretariat, and part of Shehu of Dikwa’s palace.

The insurgents however pulled out of the town after having control for hours and killing many soldiers.

“About fifteen soldiers were killed by the gunmen, we earlier thought they were five but more than fifteen bodies have been recovered so far. Some civilians were killed as well,” a source had told SaharaReporters.

The attack was also confirmed by the UN Office for Coordination of in Nigeria, UN-OCHA.

UN- OCHA Coordinator, Edward Kallon in a said he was enraged by the attack and was concerned with the safety of civilians and aid workers in the town.

He called for adequate and maximum security of civilians and aid workers in the region.

“I am gravely preoccupied by reports an ongoing violent attack by non- armed groups in Dikwa, Borno , during which several aid facilities were directly targeted. The attack started last night and, as is coming through, I am outraged to hear the premises of several aid agencies and a hospital were reportedly set ablaze and sustained damage,” he had said.

“I strongly condemn the attack and deeply concerned about the safety and security of civilians in Dikwa, including internally displaced people inside and outside camps and thousands of people who had returned to the community to rebuild their lives after years in displacement.

“The violent attack affect the support provided to nearly 100,000 people who are desperately in need of assistance and protection, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic risks spreading in Borno State.

“Civilians and aid workers, their facilities and assets should never be a target. They be protected and respected at all times. I call on all armed parties to immediately stop the and respect international humanitarian law and human law and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian and .”