Saturday, 18 August 2018

"REPORT ON THE DAPCHI GIRLS' RANSOM WAS NOT AUTHORIZED BY UN"- UN Humanitarian Coordinator


The UN humanitarian coordinator, Edward Kallon, when asked, On Friday, if he was aware of the report, the UN official said,
“We have just seen those reports, but (what) I want to emphasize is that we are here in Nigeria and we are committed to work with the government to address the....”

About 111 Dapchi girls were kidnapped in February this year by the Boko Haram terror group, with majority, about 105, released about a month after negotiations with the government. One of the girls, Leah Sharibu, is still with the Boko Haram after she reportedly refused to denounce her Christian faith.

In response to the report submitted to the United Nations Security Council, which was titled “22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team”, that showed that Nigeria paid ransom to free scores of schoolgirls kidnapped in Dapchi Yobe state, UN humanitarian coordinator, Edward Kallon, came out for an address on Friday.

Speaking at a joint press conference in Maiduguri, Borno State, to mark the 2018 World Humanitarian day, Mr Kallon said the report on the ransom was not authored by the UN. That it was one of the ways Boko Haram and other groups raised funds and was by an “independent committee” with “no concrete evidence at this time to quality such a statement”.

When asked if he was aware of the report, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator said, 
“We have just seen those reports, but (what) I want to emphasize is that we are here in Nigeria and we are committed to work with the government to address the needs of people that have been in this unfortunate situations of conflict. And that is our priority focus.”

"I really don’t get distracted by some of these independent report that are coming out; and I don’t have any concrete evidence at this time to qualify such a statement.But all I can tell you is that it is a report of an independent committee.”

According to Mr kallon, over 4000 humanitarian workers have been killed, injured, detained or kidnapped since the tragedy.

He also mentioned that the global figure of attack on humanitarian workers includes that of Borno State during which five humanitarians (three in Rann, one in Ngala and one in Damasak) were killed this year, while three others were abducted in the ongoing Boko Haram conflict.


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