Security Council condemns Boko Haram
Accra, May 12, GNA – The UN Security Council has condemned the terrorist attacks committed by Boko Haram that occurred in Gamboru Ngala, Nigeria on May 5, which caused hundreds of deaths and injuries.
The Council also expressed its deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, those injured in the attacks as well as the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A statement issued from the UN Security Council also expressed profound outrage and condemned the abduction of 276 schoolgirls on April 14, in Chibok, and the abduction of eight more girls on May 5 in Warabe, Nigeria.
The Council demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all abducted girls still in captivity and expressed concern at statements made by the alleged leader of Boko Haram threatening to sell these girls as slaves.
The Council condemned all abuses of human rights and where applicable, violations of international humanitarian law, including those involving sexual and gender based violence, abductions and attacks against schools and hospitals, including UN personnel.
It warned that all perpetrators of such acts must be held accountable at national or international levels, while some of those acts may amount to crimes against humanity under international law.
The statement said the Council welcomed the ongoing efforts of Nigeria to ensure the safe return of the abducted girls to their families, as well as international efforts to provide assistance to the Nigerian authorities and bring the perpetrators to justice.
It called on the international community, in particular States in the region, to work closely with the Nigerian authorities in this regard.
The Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group.
The Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of the reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard.
The statement noted the Council’s deep concern at the terrorist attacks conducted by Boko Haram since 2009, which have caused large-scale and devastating loss of life and represent a threat to the stability and peace of West and Central Africa.
The Council reminded countries to ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism must comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.
The Council expressed its intention to actively follow the situation of the abducted girls and to consider appropriate measures against Boko Haram.
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