United Nations expresses worry over unauthorised invasion of Maiduguri base by security forces

Boko Haram Army searches UN staff house in Maiduguri

Boko Haram Army searches UN staff house in Maiduguri

"The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria's north-east is one of the most severe in the world today", said Kallon.

Samantha Newport, Head of Communications, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Nigeria, in a statement, quoted Kallon as saying this on Friday in Abuja.

The UN insists it still doesn't have any information regarding the "reason or motivations" for the unauthorised search, but is working with government to resolve the issue.

"I am extremely concerned that these actions could be detrimental to the critical work that is being carried out every day to support the most vulnerable in the region and I call upon the Government of Nigeria to provide clarification", said the United Nations coordinator.

However, the spokesperson, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Samuel Kingsley, said in a statement released in Maiduguri that the building fell into a spectra of area in which it had carried out a condone and search operation in Maiduguri and its environs to clear remnants of Boko Haram insurgents. On 10th August 2017, theatre command received information from one of its credible sources that some high value BHT suspects had infiltrated into Pompomari Bye-Pass. It, therefore, became expedient to take preemptive action by combing the general area through a cordon and search operations. "The clearance operations effort has been yielding several successes", he said in a statement.

According to him, the operation had forced Boko Haram insurgents to change tactics and resort to suicide bombing targeting military locations and the populace.

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

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

The Army said while it was not aware that the building belonged to the United Nations, the search was part of cordon and search operations and 30 other buildings were equally searched.

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

The Theatre Command assured people in the area that the raids are not targeted at any individual or group, but to protect the lives and properties of innocent inhabitants.

"Members of the public are cautioned against peddling rumours which may cause disaffection and to remain law abiding", he warned.

The statement of the army is coming on the wake of wild rumors on the social media in Maiduguri that the leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau was arrested by troops in Maiduguri.

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