United Nations resumes humanitarian activities in Borno

Listen to the Army don't give your children to Boko Haram

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that as a sign of good faith, all members of the State Security Council that include Governor Shettima and heads of military and other security establishments jointly pay a visit to the United Nations property involved in the military "cordon and search" on Friday in order to deepen relationship and to send a message of synergy to rebuild public confidence on humanitarian workers at the United Nations rented property and those operating in other parts of the State.

Local media reported that large numbers of soldiers surrounded the United Nations building earlier Friday searching for arms.

The U.N. says it has no information "regarding the reason or motivations for the unauthorized search".

A worsening of relations between the United Nations and Nigeria could risk destabilising efforts to deliver aid to nearly seven million people affected by the eight-year conflict with Boko Haram, one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world.

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"I call upon the Government of Nigeria to provide clarification".

However, the army defended its action claiming that the search conducted was part of its counter-insurgency operation in the north east.

"It has forced the Boko Haram terrorists to change tactics and resort to employment of suicide bombers to target military locations and the populace".

He noted that the United Nations humanitarian office in Maiduguri had on August 11, announced the suspension of its humanitarian operations after a misunderstanding with the military.

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"This necessitated the need to intensify Cordon and Search in Maiduguri metropolis and environment". The operation was successfully conducted as over 30 houses were searched.

The army said it was a search for members of Islamist insurgency Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the epicenter of the fight against the militants, in an area of the city that included the United Nations compound.

"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.

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

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