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Humanitarian assistance resumes — United Nations office raid

Humanitarian assistance resumes — United Nations office raid

The United Nations says Nigerian soldiers have conducted an unauthorized search of a U.N. humanitarian base in the city where the Boko Haram insurgency began.

"In the last one week, cordon and search operations were conducted in Jiddari -Polo, Muna Garage, Jakana amongst several other areas".

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. The compound is one of the few safe havens in the region which has been rocked by violence carried out by Boko Haram since it launched an insurgency in 2009.

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

"The security forces carried out a search of the tented camp and left the area at circa 0800 hours".

"We are here in support of the government of Nigeria, the United Nations agencies and over 60 non-government organizations", said Lundberg.

In a statement he issued in Abuja, General Enenche said that "the house being referred to as United Nations building, is an unmarked accommodation without any sign that it was occupied by United Nations".

But the army said it was not aware that the building housed United Nations personnel, and described the global organisation as one of its strongest and worthy allies in the fight against Boko Haram.

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

The Nigerian military, which claimed there was no sign it was a United Nations camp, issued a statement Friday calling its "operation" a success but added that no suspect was found.

"I am very pleased to report that our relationship of collaboration and trust is intact, and at this stage, we are focussed on the work ahead to ensure that the millions of vulnerable people in the Northeast are supported with lifesaving humanitarian aid".

"The general public is cautioned to avoid peddling rumours which may cause disaffection and to remain law abiding".

More than $650 million has been given by the global community to the response this year, though agencies say more is needed to keep the crisis from worsening.

The insurgency has driven at least two million people from their homes, left tens of thousands on the brink of starvation and millions more without secure access to food.

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