United Nations resumes humanitarian activities in North East

Ebony Scott
August 12, 2017

Mr. Edward Kallon, the United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, has demanded clarification from the Federal Government for Friday's search carried out by security agencies on the UN humanitarian base in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

The United Nations' relationship with Nigeria is intact, a U.N. official said on Saturday, despite a military raid on a compound belonging to the global body in the conflict-ridden northeast.

Local media reported that large numbers of soldiers surrounded the United Nations building earlier Friday searching for arms.

"The United Nations does not have any information at this time regarding the reason or motivations for the unauthorised search.

A United Nations source told Agence France-Presse that the search of the camp in Maiduguri, known as the "Red Roof", was illegal under global law and may have been triggered by inaccurate information that a key leader of the Boko Haram jihadists was at the base". The operation was successfully conducted as over 30 houses were searched.

The UN Staff said the soldiers forced their way into the building.

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According to the Army, the clearance operations have been yielding successes, the Punch reports.

"It therefore became expedient to take preemptive action by combing the general area through a cordon and search operations".

"On the whole, operation in the general area was successfully concluded but no arrest was made because the suspects were not found. The general public is cautioned to avoid peddling rumours which may cause disaffection and to remain law abiding".

In a separate statement, Ibrahim Attahiru, a commander of Nigeria's operations against Boko Haram, said the army was not trying to block the United Nations' activities.

In a statement signed on Saturday by his spokesman, Isa Gusau, Governor Shettima said the search was a setback on the well-established relationship with the UN.

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