Nigerian forces conducted an unauthorized dawn raid on the UN's main base in the country's conflict-torn northeast on Friday (Saturday in Manila), the United Nations said, further inflaming tensions between the government and aid groups.
Local media reported that large numbers of soldiers surrounded the United Nations building earlier Friday searching for arms.
"On August 10, 2017, the Theatre Command received information from one of its credible sources that some high-value Boko Haram suspects had infiltrated into Pompomari Bypass".
The army said it was a search for members of Islamist insurgency Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the epicenter of the fight against the militants, in an area of the city that included the United Nations compound. The operation was successfully conducted as over 30 houses were searched.
In a new move to fish out Boko Haram terrorists from their hideout, military troops under Operation Lafiya Dole yesterday searched some properties in Maidugiri, Borno State and other areas for the terrorists who might have used the metropolis as a hideout.
Nigeria forces raid UN Maiduguri base
According to the Army, the clearance operations have been yielding successes, the Punch reports.
"It, therefore, became expedient to take preemptive action by combing the general area through a cordon and search operation". Furthermore, the relationship between the Nigerian military and the United Nations has been cordial, aimed at working towards a more secured world in general and Nigeria in particular, which will be sustained.
In a separate statement, Ibrahim Attahiru, a commander of Nigeria's operations against Boko Haram, said the army was not trying to block the United Nations' activities.
Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Communication to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri. He called on security agencies to immediately arrest Adam.style="text-align: center;"