Why We Searched UN Building in Maiduguri - Army

Why We Searched UN Building in Maiduguri - Army

Why We Searched UN Building in Maiduguri - Army

According to the Nigerian military, raid was made in about thirty properties including the compound of United Nations as a source hinted members of Boko Haram have been hiding in the area.

The UN has accused the army of invading the building, which is used as its humanitarian base, without authorisation.

Samantha Newport, Head of Communications, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Nigeria, in a statement, quoted Kallon as saying this on Friday in Abuja.

According to the statement, "At circa 0500 hours today (Friday), members of the Nigerian security forces entered the United Nations base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri without authorisation".

The army chief said this in Lagos while delivering a paper at the inaugural Annual Conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers of Nigeria, noting that the army had rescued more than 300,000 hostages of the terrorists between 2015 and now.

However, the army defended its action claiming that the search conducted was part of its counter-insurgency operation in the north east.

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

"It has forced the Boko Haram terrorists to change tactics and resort to employment of suicide bombers to target military locations and the populace".

Kingsley stressed that the operation was necessitated by the need to intensify Cordon and Search in Maiduguri metropolis and environment.

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"In the last one week cordon and search operations were conducted in Jiddari -Polo, Muna Garage, Jakana amongst several other areas".

The security forces added they had not targeted the property and the operation was successfully concluded.

"At circa 0500 hours today, members of the Nigerian security forces entered the United Nations base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri without authorization". The clearance operations effort has been yielding several successes.

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"Members of the public are cautioned against peddling rumours which may cause disaffection and to remain law abiding", he warned.

United Nations officials said the Nigerian troops, in a pre-dawn raid, forced their way into the base in Maiduguri, the city where the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency began. Tens of thousands live on the brink of starvation, and millions more lack secure access to food.

Nigeria's theater commander for the conflict with Boko Haram, Ibrahim Attahiru, told Reuters news agency he did not know the reason for the raid on the United Nations compound.

A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations had formally complained to the Nigerian government.

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