International Non-Government Organisations forum in Nigeria has demanded for the immediate release of the remains of the five aid workers executed by terrorists in Borno to their families and calls for the unconditional and immediate release of other two aid workers whose whereabouts remain unknown.
The INGO in a statement issued by the Senior Information Management Officer, INGO Forum, Mr. Moshood Raimi, and made available to Newsmen in Maiduguri on Friday said, since the beginning of 2019, eight aid workers were executed following their abduction, while the whereabouts of two others remain unknown.
The forum, which strongly condemned the execution of the abducted staff of Action Against Hunger, ACTED/REACH, the International Rescue Committee, and an employee of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, said the brutal act by the terrorists group is a blatant violation of international humanitarian law and amounts to a war crime as per United Nations Security Council Resolution 1502 of 2003.
According to the Forum, there are over ten million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the ongoing conflict in north-east Nigeria, yet INGOs that strive to deliver life-saving support are faced with an increasingly dangerous environment and have become direct targets.
The INGO said they urged all parties to abide by their obligation to provide safe, unhindered access of humanitarian actors to all the people in need of assistance, and to stop all barbaric acts targeting humanitarian workers.
They also called on all parties to the conflict to fulfill their obligation of protecting civilians.