United Nations expresses frowns over unauthorised invasion of Maiduguri base by security forces

Nigeria

UN kicks as troops raid Nigeria's office for Shekau

The Nigerian Army on Saturday expressed its readiness to collaborate with the United Nations (UN) humanitarian agencies to achieve the goals of the counter-insurgency campaign.

He said, " following the invasion of the military on the premises of the agency in Maiduguri, we have been talking with the Nigerian authorities who have assured our agency (UN) and indeed all worldwide bodies operating in the northeast that, all issues regarding their activities shall henceforth be respected as such, hence we resolved to continue with operations in the northeast despite the incidence. The compound is one of the few safe havens in the region which has been rocked by violence carried out by Boko Haram since it launched an insurgency in 2009.

He said: "The condone and search operation was not specifically targeted at the United Nations facility, but rather done in the general area of operation".

"The security forces carried out a search of the tented camp and left the area at circa 0800 hours".

"I call upon the Government of Nigeria to provide clarification".

In a statement he issued in Abuja, General Enenche said that "the house being referred to as United Nations building, is an unmarked accommodation without any sign that it was occupied by United Nations".

Rumors have spread that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau may have been taking refuge in one of the United Nations buildings.

The raid which is first of its kind since Humanitarian Workers and Non Governmental Organizations trooped into the state in the name of cartering for the well being of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in the north east.

"The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator and the Designated Official for security in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, is liaising with the Government of Nigeria".

"We are focused on the work ahead to ensure that the millions of vulnerable people in the northeast are supported with life-saving humanitarian aid", Lundberg added.

"On the whole, operation in the general area was successfully concluded but no arrest was made because the suspects were not found".

He said: "The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria's North-East is one of the most severe in the world today".

Kallon expressed grave concern over the unauthorised search of the United Nations base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri.

All UN staff members in Maiduguri were ordered to work from home by the note, which warned of demonstrations against the organisation and other foreign groups active in the area.

"Peace building is a collective responsibility", he said in a statement.

She had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

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