Nigerian Army explains why troops searched UN House in Maiduguri

Nigerian Army explains why troops searched UN House in Maiduguri

Nigerian Army explains why troops searched UN House in Maiduguri

"At about 2am early this morning, Nigeria army troops in trucks are conducting cordon and search on United Nations red roof humanitarian camp and forced their way into the property", the United Nations said in an advisory note to staff.

The statement by the Army comes on the heels of UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon's condemnation of unauthorised raid on its main building by soldiers in possible search of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

The Nigerian Army on Friday admitted carrying out a cordon and search operation at a building housing staffers of the United Nations, UN, in Maiduguri but said it was in response to alert on high-profile Boko Haram members.

"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".

Lt. Col. Samuel Kingsley, the spokesperson, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, said in a statement released in Maiduguri that the army had intensified condone and search operation in Maiduguri and its environs to clear remnants of Boko Haram insurgents.

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

"The operation was successfully conducted as over 30 houses were searched". The clearance operations effort has been yielding several successes.

According to the statement, the search was necessitated by the fact that the Boko Haram Terrorists changed tactics and resorted to targeting military locations, hence the need to intensify clearance operations in the Maiduguri metropolis.

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

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

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

The objective of the search was not immediately known but an internal United Nations memo seen by AFP news agency suggested that the Nigerian forces might have been searching for Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.