Death toll from Boko Haram violence "staggering"

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Ibn Chambas. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The death toll in northern Nigeria as a result of violence caused by the Boko Haram terrorist group has been "staggering", a senior UN envoy has said.

Ibn Chambas gave a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday as the recently appointed Secretary-General's Special Representative to West Africa.

He presented the activities of the United Nations Office there, UNOWA and warned that the region remained vulnerable to terrorist threats.

The Boko Haram insurgency has spilled across the borders into Cameroon, Niger and Chad, Mr Chambas noted.

"The civilian populations in the three northeastern states ofAdamawa, Borno and Yobe have over the past six months been subjected to intense including razing civilian assassinations and other attacks and systematic human rights violations, settlements, kidnappings, suicide bombing. The death toll of this vicious violence, most of which has been attributed to Boko Haram, is staggering, and counter-insurgency measures have failed to provide adequate protection of civilians."

General elections are scheduled to take place in the Nigeria in February.

Mr Chambas added that the holding of polls would be challenging.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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