UN condemns killing of children and women in Zangon Kataf, Kaduna

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

The United Nations said it was deeply disturbed by the recent spate of violence in some parts of Nigeria.

Earlier this week, several innocent women and children were killed in Zangon Kataf, Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

In a statement signed by National Information Officer, UN Information Centre (UNIC), Oluseyi Soremekun, the UN said the killings of young children including a young boy who was abducted and murdered in the most brutal manner in the LGA., was alarming and barbaric.

He said “this spate of violence comes soon after another series of violent incidents where numerous of people including children were killed in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue state.”

The UN strongly condemned these attacks, “which have resulted in the deaths of dozens of people, including children, some of whom were toddlers, women, and men.

“We are also deeply concerned that people continued to be killed and injured in subsequent attacks.”

The UN urged groups involved in the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and refrain from attacking innocent civilians, especially women and children who have nothing to do with the conflict.

“We also call for a lasting solution to be found that will provide a sustainable and peaceful resolution to the conflict,” it said.

The UN Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, said “these atrocities must not continue unchecked. The UN stands with the government and people of Nigeria in their efforts to bring an end to this senseless violence, bring to justice perpetrators and ensure that all citizens are protected and able to live in peace and security.

“We call on all parties to work towards a peaceful resolution to this violence and to respect the sanctity of human life. The UN remains committed to supporting the government and people of Nigeria in their quest for a peaceful and prosperous nation.”

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