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Nigerian villagers plead for United Nations protection from Boko Haram

Published on Jul 4, 2014 9:17 PM
 
Members of the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja campaign group attend a sit-in protest, a day ahead of the 80th day of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls, at the Unity fountain in Abuja on July 2, 2014. Villagers from a northeast Nigerian town where Boko Haram Islamists abducted more than 200 schoolgirls on Friday, July 4, 2014, appealed to the United Nations to intervene because of worsening violence in the region. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ABUJA (AFP) - Villagers from a northeast Nigerian town where Boko Haram Islamists abducted more than 200 schoolgirls on Friday appealed to the United Nations to intervene because of worsening violence in the region.

The community, which originates from the Chibok district of restive Borno state, claimed militants were running amok in their homeland, seemingly with impunity.

Local elder Pogu Bitrus told a news conference in the capital Abuja that Boko Haram had carried out 15 attacks on 19 villages in Chibok since the April 14 mass abduction, killing more than 200 people.

"The Chibok nation wishes to categorically state that the inability or unwillingness of the federal government to provide adequate security... following the abduction of the girls leaves us with no option than to call on the United Nations to use its apparatus to come to our aid and protect us from (our) imminent annihilation as a people," he added.

 
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