AI con­demns killing of aid work­ers by ISWAP

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AMNESTY In­ter­na­tional has con­demned the mur­der of four aid work­ers by el­e­ments of the Is­lamic State in west African Prov­ince.

The in­sur­gents re­port­edly killed the hostages fol­low­ing a break­down in ne­go­ti­a­tions for their re­lease.

re­act­ing to the tragic de­vel­op­ment, Di­rec­tor,amnesty In­ter­na­tional Nige­ria, Osai Ojigho, in a state­ment on Satur­day, ac­cused the ter­ror­ists of war crimes, not­ing that they would be brought to jus­tice for their ac­tion.

She said, “with yet an­other hor­rific killing of hu­man­i­tar­ian work­ers, ISWAP has again demon­strated dis­re­gard for life.

“The four slain aid work­ers were pro­vid­ing des­per­ate­lyneeded hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vices to peo­ple af­fected by the con­flict in the north­east of Nige­ria.

“The killing is a war crime. Un­der in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law, all aid work­ers must be pro­tected from at­tack. ISWAP must im­me­di­ately and un­con­di­tion­ally re­lease the re­main­ing aid work­ers.”

Ojigho ad­mon­ished the au­thor­i­ties to dou­ble their ef­forts to res­cue the hun­dreds of civil­ians still de­tained by ISWAP.

“All those re­spon­si­ble for war crimes and other hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and abuses in Nige­ria must be brought to jus­tice,” she stated. its brazen

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