Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

United Nations decries Nigerian Army's "unauthorised" search on its Base in Maiduguri

United Nations decries Nigerian Army's

The Army confirmed that its men indeed conducted a condone and search operation, on the building but explained that it was an "alert on high profile Boko Haram members".

The United Nations on Friday had halted various operations around the northeast, but following reassurances from Nigeria those resumed on Saturday, said Lundberg.

Mr Kallon says that he is extremely concerned that the actions by the security forces could be "detrimental to the critical work that is being carried out every day to support the most vulnerable in the region".

Attahiru stressed the commitments of the Nigerian Army to work in synergy with United Nations and other development organizations to address the humanitarian crisis in the North-East region.

Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, made the assertion to newsmen in Maiduguri.

"We discussed all the issues and reaffirmed our joint agreement and commitment concerning the honest role of the United Nations, the sanctity if their premises and workers in line with the worldwide best practices".

"Such working collaboration is imperative to ensure success of the counter-insurgency campaign in the country", he said.

He explained further that the action was based on intelligence report made available to the military and not a deliberate plan to drag the image of the United Nations to the mud.

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

The statement said the army carried out a search on the property because it had credible intelligence that some Boko Haram insurgents had infiltrated the area. The operation was successfully conducted as over 30 houses were searched.

Attahiru noted that the house in question does not bear United Nations designation; we later discovered that the building housed some staff of United Nations humanitarian agency. It should not be misconstrued that the Nigerian Army is trying to stop the United Nations from discharging its activities. The meeting agreed to deepen relationship between security agencies and worldwide partners operating in Borno State for the good of residents.

More than $650 million has been given by the global community to the response this year, though agencies say more is needed to keep the crisis from worsening.

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