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

United Nations decries Nigerian Army's

In a statement emailed to journalists on Saturday morning, Shettima's spokesman, Isa Gusau, said given the critical intervention humanitarian workers have making in the affairs of internally displaced persons, Governor Kashim Shettima was anxious and had to place a phone call with ‎the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed.

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

The UN added that in addition to its efforts, there are over 50 non-governmental humanitarian organisations providing support for the Nigerian government to provide relief for some of the 6.9million affected by the insurgency crisis in the North-East.Earlier on Friday, the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, the counter-insurgency operations of the Federal Government, issued a statement saying security forces carried out searches on 30 houses, including a property said to be a UN base.

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.

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

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

The statement, signed by Lieutenant-Colonel Kingsley Samuel, said the searched facility was without designation.

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"The command wishes to assure the general public that these operations are being conducted to safeguard lives and properties but not targeted at any individual or group".

Meanwhile, the Director Defence Information, Major General John Enenche has also denied the alleged invasion of United Nations house in Maiduguri.

He said, "Notwithstanding, the search operation was conducted peacefully at the premises, when the troops were allowed into it, just like other buildings".

Friday's raid had threatened to undermine an already-rocky relationship between Nigeria's military and the United Nations and other aid organizations.

A witness who declined to be named told Agence France-Presse that there was a tense two-hour-long standoff between guards at the compound and the Nigerian forces as they sought to enter the base.

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. The meeting agreed to deepen relationship between security agencies and global partners operating in Borno State for the good of residents.

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