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‘Army committed to UN humanitarian services in North-East’

The Nigerian Army on Saturday expressed its readiness to collaborate with the United Nations humanitarian agencies to achieve the goals of the counter-insurgency campaign.

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, reiterated the commitments of the Nigerian Army to work in synergy with UN and other development organisations to address the humanitarian crisis in the North-East region.

He said: “The Nigerian Army is very aware of the need of the UN agencies to discharge their duties and we are ready to support them.

“The army will continue to work toward providing enabling and conducive environment to UN agencies to enhance their operations.

“We are working in the front line with the UN, it is complimenting the effort of the government by providing succour to the displaced victims.

“Such working collaboration is imperative to ensure success of the counter-insurgency campaign in the country.”

Commenting on Friday’s raid on UN facility in Maiduguri, Borno State, Attahiru said the action was based on intelligence report made available to the military and not intended to tarnish the image of the UN.

The commander disclosed that the army conducted cordon operation in the Pompori area of Maiduguri in search of high profile Boko Haram insurgents.

He added: “The house in question does not bear UN designation. We later discovered that the building housed some staff of UN humanitarian agency.

“The cordon and search operation was not specifically targeted at the UN facility, but rather done in the general area of operation.”

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