Nigerian military makes unauthorized search of United Nations base

Listen to the Army don't give your children to Boko Haram

Listen to the Army don't give your children to Boko Haram

The army said it was a search for members of Islamist insurgency Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the epicenter of the fight against the militants, in an area of the city that included the United Nations compound.

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

According to him, the humanitarian coordinator is, however, working closely with the Government of Nigeria to resolve this issue.

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 worldwide humanitarian organisation.

But the United Nations, in a statement said its Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, stated that the search was without authorisation.

"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.

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.

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

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Police also denied rumours that a mosque was damaged during the gunfight between the security forces and the militants. On Wednesday, three terrorists have been killed in an encounter at Tral in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir .

"The military recorded significant success in various operations conducted in the theatre in the past two weeks". 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.

Within minutes of the raid, rumour spread across the country of the "arrest" of Boko Haram leader, Ahmed Shekau.

"One of such included a property, which was said to be occupied by the United Nations staff members, although the property did not carry a UN designation". Notwithstanding, the search operation was conducted peacefully at the premises, when the troops were allowed into it, just like other buildings.

Kallon said the United Nations and more than 50 non-governmental humanitarian organisations were working in support of the Government of Nigeria to support the vulnerable in the North-East Nigeria.

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.

He observed that the military might not have informed the United Nations about its plans based on the time frame of the intelligence at its disposal.

"There have been contacts - we understand from the government that this was a mistake".

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