United Nations relations with Nigeria 'intact' after dispute over army raid

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But confirming the raid in a press statement, Head, Communications UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Miss Samantha Newport said, "On 11 August 2017, at circa 0500 hours, members of the Nigerian security forces entered a United Nations base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, without authorization".

The governor said his government was committed to ensuring the safety of humanitarian workers and restoration of worldwide protocol by all security agencies. The security forces carried out a search of the tented camp and left the area at circa 0800 hours.

Nigeria's security forces have raided a United Nations camp in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri and carried out an unauthorised search, a United Nations official has told the BBC.

Rumours have been swirling in Maiduguri that the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has been hiding out in a compound with the same name.

The United Nations' relationship with Nigeria is intact, a U.N. official said on Saturday, despite a military raid on a compound belonging to the global body in the conflict-ridden northeast.

Attahiru stressed the commitments of the Nigerian Army to work in synergy with United Nations and other development organizations to address the humanitarian crisis in the North-East region.

"Troops under the Operation LAFIYA DOLE neutralized several Boko Haram insurgents, made arrests and discovered a bomb making factory".

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

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".

"It therefore became expedient to take preemptive action by combing the general area through a cordon and search operations".

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.

"The command wishes to assure the general public that these operations are being conducted to safeguard lives and properties but not targeted at any individual or group".

The eight-year Boko Haram insurgency has driven at least two million people from their homes and nearly seven million need humanitarian assistance.

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