UN Coordinator Demands Explanation From Nigeria Over Illegal Search Of Humanitarian Base

Postado Agosto 13, 2017

Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima on Friday afternoon convened an emergency meeting of the State Security Council which was attended by heads of the General Officer, Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, the State Commissioner of Police, the State Director of DSS and the United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr.Peter Lundberg. following which ‎diplomatic concerns were settled with agencies of UN likely to resume humanitarian activities Saturday (today) after announcing suspension on Friday.

The rumour was later dismissed as UN's Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon, called the raid unauthorized.

The Nigerian Army acted on intelligence reports in combing some areas of Maiduguri Metropolis which included a house purported to accommodate some staff of an global humanitarian organisation.

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

"We will continue to collaborate with the United Nations (UN) humanitarian agencies to achieve the goals of the counter-insurgency campaign and other developments to address the humanitarian crisis in the North-East region".

"I am very pleased to report that our relationship of collaboration and trust are intact at this stage", the United Nations deputy humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria said.

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.

"The United Nations is extremely concerned that these actions could be detrimental to the delivery of lifesaving aid to the millions of vulnerable people in the northeast of Nigeria".

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.

At the peace meeting, Governor Shettima described the "cordon and search" operations by the military on the United Nations premises in Maiduguri regrettable.

"The restructuring of the army operations in the North-East in 2015 yielded fruitful results".

"It, therefore, became expedient to take preemptive action by combing the general area through a cordon and search operation". The operation was successfully conducted as over 30 houses were searched.

Defence spokesman, Major General John Enenche said it was noteworthy that the house being referred to as United Nations building is an unmarked accommodation occupied by the United Nations.

The insurgency has driven at least two million people from their homes, left tens of thousands on the brink of starvation and millions more without secure access to food.

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

This post was syndicated from The Nation Nigeria.

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