The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, has called on the Federal Government to provide humanitarian assistance to and protect up to 10,000 women, men and children who were forced to relocate to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, from a town 40 kilometres away.

The Union made this call in a statement on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Kallon noted that the Nigerian military ordered the immediate departure of and relocation of up to 10, 000 civilians in the middle of the night without prior warning from Jakana town.

He added that the military transported the IDPs by bus or truck to Bakassi camp for internally displaced people.

In his words; “The entire town of Jakana was emptied, and people were forced to move to Maiduguri with very little time to collect personal belongings, some of them said they arrived in Maiduguri with nothing, not even with shoes on their feet.

“The UN is urging the Government to urgently provide safety, shelter, food, water and medical care to the displaced civilians, in addition to information about when they will be allowed to return home,” Kallon said.

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners call on the Government of Nigeria to take all possible practical measures to ensure the protection of civilians and full respect of the rights of individuals in accordance with its obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law as well as the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

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