UN withdraws claim 110 died in Boko Haram attack


The United Nations has retracted its earlier statement claiming that 110 farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram fighters in Zabarmari community, Borno State on Saturday.

The Nigerian Army and the Borno State government had maintained that 43 farmers died in the attack on the rice farmers by insurgents on a rice field.

However, the UN later issued a statement quoting the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, saying that at least 110 farmers were killed in the said attack.

But in a new release on Monday, the UN said its initial statement was inaccurate.

Eve Sabbagh, UN’s Head of Public Information at the OCHA in Nigeria, said the earlier numbers quoted by Kallon were not correctly sourced.

In an email circulated to reporters, asked journalists to disregard the earlier statement.

“Please note the number of 110 civilians killed on Saturday’s attack is an unconfirmed number and the correct version of the statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator is the one published yesterday on Reliefweb and used on OCHA Nigeria’s Twitter account.”

In the fresh statement, the humanitarian agency replaced the portion where it quoted “110 deaths” with “unspecified figure”.

This time around, Kallon was quoted saying “tens of civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”

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