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EU issues statement on violence in northern Nigeria

17 June 2020

Nigeria: joint statement by the High Representative/ Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the latest attacks

Attacks, abductions and killings of civilians by armed groups in northern Nigeria have killed over 160 people including 130 civilians since 28 May. Such heinous acts of terrorism and violence are intolerable. These attacks pose a serious threat to Nigeria’s security and to that of the wider region, including in the increasingly restive Northwest of the country.

The ongoing conflict, growing food insecurity and COVID-19 pandemic significantly increase humanitarian needs in northeast Nigeria. International humanitarian law must be safeguarded and respected by all parties to the conflict, in Nigeria and elsewhere. Civilian and humanitarian personnel should not be targeted, and all parties should facilitate unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need.

The EU stands by Nigeria and its people in this period of increased violence and instability.

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