The United Nations said it was shocked and horrified by the gruesome killing of five aid workers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon expressed the reaction of the global body in a statement Wednesday night.
He condemned the killing of the aid workers, who were committed humanitarians who devoted their lives to helping vulnerable people and communities in an area heavily affected by violence.
“Our colleagues and partners were abducted while travelling on a main route connecting the northern town of Monguno with Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
“Their safety and securing their safe release have been our highest priority since they were captured in June.
“I strongly condemn all violence targeting aid workers and the civilians they are assisting. I am also troubled by the number of illegal vehicular checkpoints set up by non-state armed groups along main supply routes.
“These checkpoints disrupt the delivery of life-saving assistance and heighten the risks for civilians of being abducted, killed or injured, with aid workers increasingly being singled out.