Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Nigerian military makes unauthorized search of United Nations base

Nigerian military makes unauthorized search of United Nations base

I and the humanitarian coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon, have been working with the governmrnt of Nigeria, our host, to resolve the issue.

"One of such included a property which was said to be occupied by United Nations Staff, although the property did not carry a UN designation".

The military confirmed the incident in a separate statement, saying the action was in line with the ongoing search efforts.

A worsening of relations between the United Nations and Nigeria could risk destabilizing efforts to deliver aid to nearly seven million people affected by the eight-year conflict with Boko Haram, one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world.

The United Nations' relationship with Nigeria is intact, a U.N. official said on Saturday, despite a military raid on a compound belonging to the global body in the conflict-ridden northeast.

Samuel Kingsley, the spokesperson, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, said that it received intelligence that high profile Boko Haram members had infiltrated the area, hence the cordon and search operation on about 30 houses, including the United Nations base.

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

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

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The commander added that about 30 houses were searched during the exercise, adding that no arrests were made.

The Nigerian military, which claimed there was no sign it was a United Nations camp, issued a statement Friday calling its "operation" a success but added that no suspect was found.

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 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".

Over 20,000 people are estimated to have been killed over the eight years of the Boko Haram conflict and more than two million displaced. Tens of thousands live on the brink of starvation and millions more lack secure access to food.

This post was syndicated from The Nation Nigeria.

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