NIGERIA – Release of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL team member abducted on December 22nd

Published on Thursday 16 January 2020

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL welcomes the release of 5 civilians abducted on December 22nd.

Among them was a member of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL ‘s team. Our colleague is now safe and sound.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL thanks both the State & Federal authorities of Nigeria for their efforts.

In accordance with its humanitarian mandate, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL wants to state unequivocally that the organization did not pay any ransom in exchange for this release.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL reiterates its grave concerns at the shrinking humanitarian space in the face of increasing humanitarian needs in North-East Nigeria. We firmly express our committment to the principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality in humanitarian actions and urge all parties in the conflict to act accordingly.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL condemns all attacks against civilians and humanitarian workers in the strongest possible terms and calls for the immediate release of all those who are still held captive from other incidents, including Grace Taku, our fellow humanitarian colleague from Action Against Hunger (ACF), and Alice Loksha.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also extends its deepest condolences to the families of those killed during the initial attack of December 22nd.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL will continue to deliver life-saving water, sanitation, shelter and food security support to almost 300,000 people in Borno State. SI will also maintain the provision of emergency response services against cholera outbreaks in north-eastern Nigeria.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL reminds all media to be extremely cautious about the information they publish around this event.