BY CHIBUZOR EMEJOR,
The International Organization for Migration(IOM) has condemned the Monday’s attack in Rann town, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria, that claimed the lives of four internally displaced persons (IDPs) and badly damaged an IOM Humanitarian Hub.
A statement on Wednesday from the Public Affairs Unit of IOM Nigeria, said the attack which began at around 4pm, is the third in Rann by non-state armed groups since March 2018 and serves as a reminder of the dire security situation faced by millions of people in northeast Nigeria.
“We are devastated to learn of this attack and the senseless loss of life,” said IOM Regional Director, Richard Danziger.
Rann hosts 76,389 IDPs, who fled a continuing conflict which has displaced over two million people in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States in the past decade.
The statement explained that all IOM staff have been reported safe however the attackers overran and severely damaged the Organization’s Humanitarian Hub, which was under construction.
“Hubs are instrumental in enabling the delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance to IDPs in the northeast of the country.
“We stand ready to provide humanitarian assistance and assess the situation as we obtain further details of the attack including the impact on the IDP and host communities, humanitarian personnel and facilities, and the level of risk,” said IOM Nigeria Emergency Coordinator Dave Bercasio.