Soldiers Search UN Building In Maiduguri

Faith Castro
August 12, 2017

Authorities of the Nigerian Army said its search of the United Nations (UN) premise in Maiduguri on Friday was part of efforts to clear remnants of Boko Haram insurgents.

But the United Nations, in a statement said its Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, stated that the search was without authorisation. Security forces entered the humanitarian base at 5am yesterday and searched the tented camp for close to three hours, the coordinator said in a statement.

But in a statement issued by Kingsley Samuel, a lieutenant colonel, the army said it carried out a search on the property because it had credible intelligence that some Boko Haram insurgents had infiltrated the area. One of such building included a property which was said to be occupied by United Nations Staff, although the property did not carry a UN designation.

"The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator and the Designated Official for Security in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, is liaising with the Government of Nigeria".

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

"The United Nations and more than 50 non-governmental humanitarian organisations are working in support of the Government of Nigeria to provide aid, including food, safe water and medicine, to some 6.9 million people in need in the Northeast".

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

The security forces added they had not targeted the property and the operation was successfully concluded.

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Researchers at the Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point and Yale University analysed the 434 suicide bombings carried out by Boko Haram since 2011, and found that at least 244 of the 338 attacks in which the bomber's gender could be identified were carried out by women, CNN quoted the study as saying on Wednesday.

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

"Troops of 22 Brigade Dikwa under 7 Division of Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force on Monday, August 7, 2017, ambushed suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists between Bulabirin and Mongole villages of Dikwa Local Council in Borno State".

He warned against peddling of rumours that could cause disaffection among the various ethnic and religious groups of people in the state.

He listed other areas affected by the Cordon and Search operation as Jiddari -Polo, Muna Garage and Jakana among others.

This post was syndicated from The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper - Nigeria and World News.

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