Boko Haram: Army searches United Nations staff house in Maiduguri

Henrietta Strickland
August 12, 2017

Nigerian Army Soldiers are said to have invaded a building housing United Nations (U.N) workers in Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital.

A statement by UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, revealed that the search could be extremely detrimental to the work the organisation is doing in the state.

The UN Staff said the soldiers forced their way into the building.

"The security forces carried out a search of the tented camp and left the area at circa 0800 hours". The military raided today compound of United Nations in the northeast part of the country citing search of members of the Islamist militant group. The Humanitarian Coordinator is working closely with the Government of Nigeria to resolve this issue.

The army chief said this in Lagos while delivering a paper at the inaugural Annual Conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers of Nigeria, noting that the army had rescued more than 300,000 hostages of the terrorists between 2015 and now.

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.

"Boko Haram's use of women suicide bombers skyrocketed", said Jason Warner, assistant professor at the Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point, the US' elite military academy.

He said that the clearance operations effort had yielded significant successes in the past weeks.

Nigeria's eight-year boko Haram insurgency has driven at least 2 million people from their homes.

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.

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

The military also confirmed the incident in a separate statement saying its action was in line with the ongoing cordon and search operation within Maiduguri metropolis.

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

"It therefore became expedient to take preemptive action by combing the general area through a cordon and search operations. Having consulted the ASC, all United Nations staff in Maiduguri are to work from home today and expect updates".

A United Nations source told AFP that such searches are illegal under worldwide law and risk raising suspicions about the organization's work.

"I don't think the United Nations should be angry (over the search) unless it is supporting the insurgents", the security expert added.

She had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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