With scores of civilians dead, UN chief condemns “appalling” attacks in Nigeria  

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The Secretary-General, António Guterres, strongly condemned connected Monday the “appalling” attacks perpetrated implicit the weekend in Nigeria’s Zamfara State successful which scores of civilians were killed.  

According to quality agencies, an estimated 200 radical were killed and 10,000 displaced successful attacks by equipped bandits, pursuing subject aerial raids connected their hideouts past week. 

In a statement, the UN chief extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, urging the Nigerian authorities to “spare nary effort successful bringing those liable for these heinous crimes to justice.” 

I powerfully condemn the appalling attacks perpetrated implicit the play successful Nigeria’s Zamfara State successful which galore civilians were killed.

I impulse the Nigerian authorities to spare nary effort successful bringing those liable for these heinous crimes to justice.

— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) January 10, 2022

Mr. Guterres also reaffirmed the solidarity and enactment of the United Nations to the Government and radical of Nigeria, in their combat against terrorism, convulsive extremism and organized crime.  

Rise successful abductions and convulsive crimes 

Northwest Nigeria has seen a crisp emergence successful wide abductions and different convulsive crimes since precocious 2020. 

In April 2021, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCRwarned that years of insecurity person created a monolithic humanitarian exigency successful the Lake Chad basin and uprooted immoderate 3.3 cardinal radical and, in October, the UN World Food Programme (WFPwarned that displaced families successful this portion of the state were “knocking connected the doorway of starvation”.  

Approximately 4.4 cardinal radical were facing acute nutrient insecurity successful the conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. More than 1 cardinal children were already malnourished.  

Also past year, following a bid of attacks and abductions successful schools, much than a twelve UN-appointed autarkic experts warned that excessively small was being done to assistance the teenagers near traumatized, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) typical successful the country, Peter Hawkins, explained that specified incidents person go “a mode of life” to many.  

Bandits hoping to marque speedy currency by forcing the families and authorities to wage ransom wealth their hostages, often people institutions conscionable retired of scope of State power and usually successful agrarian areas. 

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