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Insurgency: Reps Appeal For Return Of Aid Workers To Rann, Others

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The House of Representatives has  urgedfederal government to appeal to  the United Nations and Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medicines Sans Frontiers(MSF), to return to the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) camps in Rann, and other parts of Bama, Ngala, Kala-Balge federal constituency of Borno State.

The House also urged the government to provide adequate security for the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) , MSF and other local and international organisations involved in the provision of humanitarian services in the area.

Member representing  Bama/ Ngala/Kalabalge federal constituency of Borno State‎ , Hon Mohammed Nur Sheriff made the appeal in a motion on the need to provide adequate security for aid workers and IDPs in  Bama, Ngala, Kala-Balge federal constituency.

He noted that  Boko Haram insurgents recently  attacked an IDPs camp in Rann, which is the headquarters of Kala-Balge local government area, leaving five aid workers dead and abducted three others.

The lawmaker added that eight officers of the Nigerian Army, Police and other security agencies were also killed during the attack, while some others are still missing.

Sheriff explained that in the aftermath of the attack on Rann, the UN and MSF, which had worked in the area since 2007 pulled their aid workers  from the area and suspended their operations.

He appealed to the House to intervene, so that the aid workers can resume their operations in Rann.

According to him, the suspension of the activities of UN, MSF, as well as that of other non-governmental organisations(NGO) would be catastrophic if nothing is done urgently.

Deputy speaker, Hon Yussuff Lasun, in his contribution   blamed the structure of the country for the present security challenges.



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