Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have attacked three facilities belonging to an aid agency in the North East.
1st News reports that the incident took place on Sunday.
Specifically, the attack took place in Damasak, the head town of the Mobbar Local Government Area in Borno State. The Boko Haram terrorists had invaded Damasak and attacked compounds belonging to multiple relief agencies. Reports indicate that warehouses containing humanitarian stock were looted and set on fire. Furthermore, operational vehicles of the relief agencies were also torched.
However, no aid worker was killed in the attack.
The attack marks the second one targeting aid agencies in the past two months in the North East Nigeria. In addition, it is the fourth attack on Damasak town and its surrounding area this year.
Equally important, the attack by the Boko Haram insurgents was condemned by the Country Director (Nigeria) of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Eric Batonon.
In a statement released yesterday, Batonon decried the attack which he says will take a heavy toll on humanitarian efforts.
“Yesterday’s brutal attack jeopardized our work and threatened the lives of many aid workers. Thankfully, our five staff staying in Damasak town escaped unharmed. However, the perpetrators succeeded in setting our guest house ablaze and destroying life-saving relief supplies, including vehicles used to deliver aid.
‘‘We condemn these acts of senseless violence. They serve to terrorise humanitarians and the communities we are here to help…They delay critical aid from reaching families in dire need. Humanitarian space is shrinking in northeast Nigeria, and we call on the Government of Nigeria to ensure it is protected.”
Meanwhile, the Imo State Police Command had launched a manhunt for the rescue of a Catholic Priest kidnapped in the state.
The priest, Rev. Marcel Onyeocha, was abducted on Saturday in Okigwe.
Equally important, the rescue effort was confirmed by the Police Commissioner in Imo, Nassiru Mohammed. Mohammed told newsmen that he has activated tactical units of the command to track down the kidnappers.
The foregoing was revealed by the police commissioner in a statement issued on Sunday by the Command’s Spokesman, SP Orlando Ikeokwu.