Nigerian military makes unauthorized search of United Nations base


At the end of the meeting, all those in attendance, including Shettima, proceeded to the United Nations property as a sign of good faith and to rebuild public confidence in humanitarian workers.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has resumed assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, 24 hours after an army raid on its Maiduguri compound. In ther conversation, Shettima reassured the DSG of his government's commitment to safeguarding humanitarian workers and ensuring that worldwide protocol was restored by all security agencies.

"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.

The base provides aid to those affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. Samuel Kingsley, the spokesperson, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, said that it received intelligence that high profile Boko Haram members had infiltrated the area, hence the cordon and search operation on about 30 houses, including the United Nations base.

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.

"Borno State government has been exceptionally collaborative in enabling intervention by United Nations agencies, development partners from supportive countries and nongovernmental organizations", Governor Shettima acknowledged, adding, " they assist us in the enormous task of helping our displaced brothers and sisters and in trying to end the Boko Haram crisis".

"Peace building is a collective responsibility", he said in a statement.

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.

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

Mr. Lundberg, in his address, said, "yesterday (Friday) was a day of tumultuous events that generated significant media coverage and therefore today (yesterday) is extremely helpful to provide some clarity as there has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation".

The eight-year insurgency has driven at least 2 million people from their homes and nearly 7 million need humanitarian assistance.