Nigerian military makes unauthorized search of United Nations base

President Muhammadu Buhari Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffery Onyeama and Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari at the 71st UN General Assembly

The Army, in a statement on Friday, defended its action, saying the action was part of counter-insurgency activities of its Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole.

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

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that as a sign of good faith, all members of the State Security Council that include Governor Shettima and heads of military and other security establishments jointly pay a visit to the United Nations property involved in the military "cordon and search" on Friday in order to deepen relationship and to send a message of synergy to rebuild public confidence on humanitarian workers at the United Nations rented property and those operating in other parts of the State.

Rumors have spread that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau may have been taking refuge in one of the United Nations buildings. The clearance operations effort has been yielding several successes. Notwithstanding, the search operation was conducted peacefully at the premises, when the troops were allowed into it, just like other buildings.

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

Newport, quoted Kallon as expressing "grave concern over the unauthorized search of a United Nations base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri, Borno State".

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The army has raided a United Nations compound in search of Boko Haram members.

An army statement revealed, that the said building, housing United Nations staff, didn't carry a United Nations designation, and the operation was successfully concluded, but no arrest was made, because the suspects were not found. The Humanitarian Coordinator is working closely with the Government of Nigeria to resolve this issue.

"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.

"Information about Shekau's presence in the Red Roof was already being spread yesterday (Thursday) on the social media", said the document, apparently issued by the UN's Department of Safety.

Commenting on the raid on United Nations facility in Maiduguri, General Attahiru said "Our actions, like previous successful exercises, were based on intelligent reports made available to the military and never meant to tarnish the image of the United Nations body, an agency we so much respect and hold in higher esteem".

When contacted about the development and government's position on it, the acting spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Jane Adam, said, "I will find out and get back to you".

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