Medical charity MSF condemns killing of one among its nurses in Nigeria


MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has condemned the killing by unknown gunmen of a nurse it employed in Zamfara in northwest Nigeria, an space on the epicentre of a surge in violent crime by which hundreds have been kidnapped.

MSF mentioned nurse Mohammad Hassan, 37, was killed on Oct. 2 when armed males opened hearth on the general public transport car by which he was travelling.

“Mohammad’s tragic death is an example of the rising violence in N-W Nigeria that is deeply affecting the lives of the population and has driven thousands of people from their homes,” the organisation mentioned on Twitter on Monday.

The entire of northwest Nigeria has been engulfed in disaster since late 2020, when gangs of bandits looking for ransoms or loot started a spate of mass abductions from colleges and different violent assaults on villages and on individuals travelling by street.

Zamfara State, which is among the many worst-hit states, has been underneath a telecoms blackout since early September, imposed by the authorities to disrupt coordination among the many bandits and assist the armed forces to sort out them.

Rumours have circulated about what’s going on in Zamfara, however there was little confirmed info. Authorities in neighbouring states have complained that bandits pushed out of Zamfara had poured into their territories and had been inflicting havoc.

MSF mentioned it offered medical humanitarian help to the populations of the Anka, Gusau and Zurmi areas in Zamfara State. In Shinkafi, the city the place Hassan was primarily based, MSF groups run a 33-bed therapeutic feeding centre and an inpatient paediatric division on the native normal hospital, it mentioned.

Reporting by Maiduguri Newsroom, writing by Estelle Shirbon, modifying by Giles Elgood

  Security forces patrol as people wait for the arrival of the rescued JSS Jangebe schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara, Nigeria March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo