United Nations kicks as troops raid Nigeria's office for Shekau

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) on Saturday resumed assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, 24 hours after an army raid on its Maiduguri compound.

The Nigerian Army gained access into the United Nations base as parts of its cordon and search operation in the Operation Lafiya Dole against Boko Haram terrorists.

Edward Kallon, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria has expressed grave concern following the search.

Spokesperson for 7 Division of the Army, Lt. Col. Samuel Kingsley, said: "As part of ongoing counter insurgency operations, the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, has been conducting several clearance as well as cordon and search operations in urban and rural areas within the Theatre".

The Governor then convened an emergency security Council which in addition to heads of security establishments, was attended by the Deputy Governor of the State, Secretary to the Borno Government ‎and the attorney General and Commissioner of Justice. The Humanitarian Coordinator is working closely with the Government of Nigeria to resolve this issue.

According to the statement, the governor was anxious and had to place a phone call with ‎the UN Deputy Secretary-General (DSG), Amina Mohammed.

At the meeting both the military and the United Nations officials discussed their areas of concerns with Governor Shettima making sure the United Nations was fully reassured of diplomatic protection and protocol.

Participants resolved to take measures to forestall a repeat of the raid.

He said the army was always ready to work with all United Nations agencies in the Northeast with a view to ending the current crisis.

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He said, " following the invasion of the military on the premises of the agency in Maiduguri, we have been talking with the Nigerian authorities who have assured our agency (UN) and indeed all global bodies operating in the northeast that, all issues regarding their activities shall henceforth be respected as such, hence we resolved to continue with operations in the northeast despite the incidence.

He said:"The Nigerian Army is very aware of the need of the United Nations agencies to discharge their duties and we are ready to support them".

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

"The operation was successfully conducted, as over 30 houses were searched".

"Furthermore, not less than 1,009 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered voluntarily, while 1,140 others have been arrested and another 1,500 confirmed Boko Haram terrorists are under investigation".

He added: "The development assisted to reduce spate of suicide bombing and insurgents' attacks".

NAIJ.com is now trying to reach the spokesman of the Nigerian Army Brigadier-General Sani Usman Kukasheka for confirmation.

"This restructuring changed the counter insurgency strategies by adopting an aggressive posture, effective command and control, efficient use of weapon and logistics with particular attention to welfare of the troops".

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