United Nations resumes humanitarian operations in Northeast

Henrietta Brewer
August 13, 2017

The United Nations on Friday had halted various operations around the northeast, but following reassurances from Nigeria those resumed on Saturday, said Lundberg.

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.

"One of such included a property which was said to be occupied by United Nations Staff, although the property did not carry a UN designation".

The Nigerian Army gained access into the United Nations base as parts of its cordon and search operation in the Operation Lafiya Dole against Boko Haram terrorists.


The organisation had suspended its activities to protest the raid which the army said was in search of high profile elements of the terror sect, Boko Haram, which informants claimed had infiltrated the part of the city where the building is located.

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 worldwide body in the conflict-ridden northeast.

"The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator and the Designated Official for security in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, is liaising with the Government of Nigeria".

Mr Kallon says that he is extremely concerned that the actions by the security forces could be "detrimental to the critical work that is being carried out every day to support the most vulnerable in the region".


"On the whole, operation in the general area was successfully concluded but no arrest was made because the suspects were not found". Tens of thousands live on the brink of starvation and millions more lack secure access to food.

Attahiru warned members of public to shun rumour peddling so as not to disrupt relative peace, adding that "peace building is a collective responsibility and we must work to achieve it".

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