Edward Kallon. Photo: Twitter

The United Nations and Amnesty International have condemned the killing of an aid worker Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa by Boko Haram in Borno State, Nigeria’s northeast region.

The bodies in their statements on Monday called for justice and urged the Nigerian Government to protect aid workers and Nigerians generally from attacks by insurgents.

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The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, described Khorsa’s murder as a cowardly, heinous and despicable act.”

According to the United Nations, Khorsa before her murder was a young, dedicated and passionate midwife and humanitarian,

“Our deepest condolences go to her family, including her two young children, and friends. The United Nations calls on authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. The United Nations also calls for the immediate release of the two aid workers who are still being held,” Kallon said.

The Director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, described the aid worker’s murder as a horrific act. He also called for the protection of aid workers in Nigeria.

The international human rights group said Boko Haram had again proven its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life which must not go unpunished.

Amnesty International, therefore, called for the release of the two health workers who were abducted in March alongside Saifura.