Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chief Tony Ojukwu, has described the killing of the female aid worker, Alem Muluseta in Damboa town of Borno State, as disheartening and shocking.
Ojukwu in a statement issued in Abuja by Fatimah Agwai Mohammed,
Deputy Director Public Affairs in NHRC, said hummanitarian workers ought to be highly respected and protected by all for their laudable efforts and commitment to caring for the Populations of Concern (PoCs) in their areas of coverage.
“This killing, though an isolated one should be thoroughly investigated and not be allowed to happen again. It is very important to always review the mental health status of troops in the front line, considering the traumatic situations that they are sometimes exposed to” he said.
The human rights Boss said that the nature of assistance provided by aid workers to the Internally Displaced persons, Returnees, and Refugees in the North-east remain immeasurable as it has helped save lives and communities who are in need of love and care to make them psychologically balanced, adding that the protection of humanitarian workers should therefore be the priority of all, particularly at such time when we needed them most.
Ojukwu urged the Military and other Security personnel involved in the counter insurgency operations in the North-east to always adhere to the rules of engagement and mainstream human rights in their operations in the region.
Ojukwu on behalf of the National Human Rights Commission commiserate with the deceased’s family, friends, colleagues, the UN country team and everyone affected during this attack.