Nigeria, UN members of the relation ‘intact’ in spite of unauthorised raid – reputable


A UN humanitarian official said
Saturday that relations with Nigeria
remain “ intact ” following an
unauthorised raid by Nigerian troops
at a UN base in the country ’ s conflict -
torn northeast.
Peter Lundberg told a press
conference in Maiduguri that the
United Nations was working with the
Nigerian government to resolve the
issue of Friday’s search of the
humanitarian camp known as the “ Red
Roof ” .
“ I am very pleased to report that our
relationship of collaboration and trust
are intact at this stage ,” the UN deputy
humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria
said .
“ We are focused on the work ahead to
ensure that the millions of vulnerable
people in the northeast are supported
with life - saving humanitarian aid,”
Lundberg added.
The UN camp in Maiduguri is located
at the epicentre of the conflict with
Boko Haram jihadists who have been
waging an insurgency since 2009.
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A UN source told AFP Friday that the
soldiers ’ search of the camp was illegal
under international law and may have
been triggered by inaccurate
information that a Boko Haram leader ,
Abubakar Shekau, was at the facility .
The Nigerian military , which claimed
there was no sign it was a UN camp,
issued a statement Friday calling its
“ operation” a success but added that
no suspect was found.
UN Secretary - General Antonio
Guterres’s spokesman Stephane
Dujarric said that the organisation had
formally complained to the Nigerian
government.
“ There have been contacts — we
understand from the government that
this was a mistake . The raid should not
have happened ,” he said at a daily
briefing in New York Friday.
The raid happened against a backdrop
of strained relations between the
Nigerian military and foreign
organisations seeking to relieve the
humanitarian disaster engulfing the
country ’s northeast.
Over 20 ,000 people are estimated to
have been killed over the eight yearts
of the Boko Haram conflict and more
than two million displaced . The UN
estimates that nearly seven million
Nigerians are in need of humanitarian
aid.
AFP

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