Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Military Intensifies Cordon and Search Operations for Boko Haram in Maiduguri

Military Intensifies Cordon and Search Operations for Boko Haram in Maiduguri

He said that the army conducted condone operation in the Pompori area of Maiduguri in search of high profiled Boko Haram insurgents.

The military confirmed the incident in a separate statement, saying the action was in line with the ongoing search efforts.

In attendance were the General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, the State Commissioner of Police, the State Director of DSS and the United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Peter 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.

"The United Nations is extremely concerned that these actions could be detrimental to the delivery of lifesaving aid to the millions of vulnerable people in the northeast of Nigeria".

"Again I reiterate we here in support of the governmrnt of Nigeria".

He said: "The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria's North-East is one of the most severe in the world today".

According to him, the military recorded significant success in various operations conducted in the theatre in the past two weeks. The compound is one of the few safe havens in the region which has been rocked by violence carried out by Boko Haram since it launched an insurgency in 2009.

The Army stated, "It has forced the Boko Haram terrorists to change tactics and resort to the employment of suicide bombers to target military locations and the populace". Notwithstanding, the search operation was conducted peacefully at the premises, when the troops were allowed into it, just like other buildings.

General Ibrahim Attahiru, who commands operations in Borno state where Maiduguri is located, said on Saturday that the army "will continue to work toward providing and enabling a conductive environment to United Nations agencies to enhance their operations".

A retired commissioner of police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, however, said there was nothing wrong with the search of the United Nations building by the military since it was geared towards the elimination of terrorism, a goal the world body was also working towards.

Kallon said the United Nations and more than 50 non-governmental humanitarian organisations were working in support of the Government of Nigeria to support the vulnerable in the North-East Nigeria.

She had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

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