Nigerian Army speaks as UN fumes over ‘unauthorised’ invasion of Maiduguri base

United Nations headquarters [Photo: Google.com]
United Nations headquarters [Photo: Google.com]

The United Nations system in Nigeria has confirmed the Friday invasion of its premises in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, by Nigerian soldiers.

Edward Kallon, UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator, said in a statement released to the media that the invasion was unauthorized.

PREMIUM TIMES had broken the story that soldiers in their large numbers invaded the UN main building in the early hours of Friday claiming to be searching for arms hidden there.

The military also confirmed the incident in a separate statement saying its action was in line with the ongoing cordon and search operation within Maiduguri metropolis. (SEE FULL STATEMENT BELOW).

The cordon and search operation was going on at a time speculations intensified in the state capital that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, might be hiding in one of the UN buildings.

The military had in the past weeks intensified its search for the Boko Haram leader following the 40-day ultimatum given to the Theatre Commander in Borno arrest him.

As the 40-day ultimatum approaches, the soldiers are responding to all manners of intelligence, including rumours on social media.

The UN’s statement signed by Samantha Newport, head of communications, UNOCHA reads in full:

“Abuja, 11 August 2017 – The Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has expressed grave concern over the unauthorized search of a United Nations base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri, Borno State.

“At circa 0500 hours today, members of the Nigerian security forces entered the UN base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri without authorization. The security forces carried out a search of the tented camp and left the area at circa 0800 hours.

“The United Nations does not have any information at this time regarding the reason or motivations for the unauthorized search. The Humanitarian Coordinator is working closely with the Government of Nigeria to resolve this issue.

“The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east is one of the most severe in the world today,” said Mr Kallon. “I am extremely concerned that these actions could be detrimental to the critical work that is being carried out every day to support the most vulnerable in the region and I call upon the Government of Nigeria to provide clarification.

“The United Nations and more than 50 non-governmental humanitarian organisations are working in support of the Government of Nigeria to provide aid, including food, safe water and medicine, to some 6.9 million people in need in the northeast.”

The military’s statement also reads:

“As part of ongoing counter insurgency operations, the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE has been conducting several clearance as well as cordon and search operations in urban and rural areas within the Theatre. The clearance operations effort has been yielding several successes.

“It has forced the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) to change tactics and resort to employment of suicide bombers to target military locations and the populace. This necessitated the need to intensify Cordon and Search in Maiduguri metropolis and environment.

“In the last one week cordon and search operations were conducted in Jiddari –Polo, Muna Garage, Jakana amongst several other areas. On 10th August 2017, Theatre Command received information from one of its credible sources that some high value BHT suspects had infiltrated into Pompomari Bye Pass.

“It therefore became expedient to take preemptive action by combing the general area through a cordon and search operations. The operation was successfully conducted as over 30 houses were searched.

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.

“On the whole, operation in the general area was successfully concluded but no arrest was made because the suspects were not found.

“The command wishes to assure the general public that these operations are being conducted to safeguard lives and properties but not targeted at any individual or group.

The general public is cautioned to avoid peddling rumours which may cause disaffection and to remain law abiding.”


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  • Abdullah Musa

    If Nigerian military wants to win the war it must send UN packing.
    Otherwise the UN might have found operational base for the next twenty years.

    • Fidelis Odia

      @abdullahmusa:disqus

      IS NIGERIA UNDER BUHARI A FAILED STATE? It looks like one bloody abattoir without law and order.
      We read last week that gunmen entered a church in Igboland and just killed off scores of congregants.
      No arrests were made, nothing. If a church is not safe how can the United Nations building become safe?

      There is no public official in Nigeria’s prison who is serving jail sentence for stealing or for any corruption?
      Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu is therefore talking rubbish that we accept Buhari’s photo as president.
      Muhamadu Buhari has no knowledge or physical ability to fight mosquitoes; to talk more of fight corruption.

      • Abdul

        Stop spewing rubbish Mr. Man, learn to follow up news and no where its going. Yes gunmen entered a church and killed scores of worshipers, the following day some suspect were arrested and as at Tuesdays some persons were also invited for questioning SO I DONT KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN BY “NO ARREST WERE MADE”

        • Mikail Umar

          I think there is no need for joining issues with people who are too myopic and sentimental, Nigeria has not been a failed state during the past administration where a whole Governor who is the chief security officer of the state was denied access to the government house, BH occupied vast Nigerian territory, carried out attack at will including the FCT, the seat of power, yet you did not saw anything wrong with that govt.

      • Abdullah Musa

        It seems you have issues to settle with Garba Shehu and his boss, not with me.
        With Nigerian army I stand.

  • Tommy Soto

    Great job DSS and Naija military, keep watching that global NWO oyinbo supremacy organization!

  • Tomy Oliseh

    @tommysoto:disqus

    Nigerian Army doesn’t have any tenable excuse. It is specious nonsense to say the Army has no map
    of its theater of operation, since a military map will show locations of schools, churches, mosques and
    diplomatic missions. The excuse that the building did not carry a screaming signage of United Nations
    is nonsense talk. The Army Chief is best advised to report this incident to the Defence Chief who will
    liaise with Acting president Yemi Osinbajo on how best to make this invasion look less outrageous.

    • amazing2012

      You must be st…..d, when US army enter Pakistan in search of bin laden who complain ?

      • deri best

        Was the premises they entered a Unitied Nations Diplomatic Premises—-was the invasion even authorized by Pakistan–No wonder people like us have been banned from posting comment–Animals———————-We are unable to post your comment because you have been banned by Premium Times.

        • amazing2012

          National priority and security is the first and foremost doctrine of every country and regime. Not a paper work by toothless dog parading it self as relevant.
          Let the UN stop the war, they know the source of arms and those foreign institutions, countries, cooperations and individuals who are proliferating arms, training those terrorists and financing the conflict.
          No body is immune to be dealt with for integrity, unity, peace, sovereignty of an independent state !
          UN my foot !! Let them talk to global war mongers !!

      • abodes_124

        the Pakistani government did. Strenuously

      • thusspokez

        when US army enter Pakistan

        Pay attention: The UN is not a country; and Pakistan is a country and not the UN which has 193 member countries. Reason and stop using silly ‘whatabout’ arguments to make emotional point.

    • thusspokez

      If you are a Nigerian, reading your comment has turned my despair and frustration with some Nigerians into hope. Yours is a voice of knowledge and propriety.

    • amazing2012

      National interest and security is the most important doctrine of any nation and supersede any paper work from any organization!
      Read UN activities in Southern Sudan:
      “The U.N. mission in South Sudan gave weapons to a top rebel general just weeks after civil war began three years ago, and his forces went on to carry out one of the war’s worst atrocities, according to a report released Thursday.
      The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group, found that in December 2013
U.N. officials in the town of Bentiu in northern Unity state handed dozens of weapons, as well as ammunition, to rebel general James Koang.
      Four months later, Koang’s troops killed hundreds of civilians sheltering in a mosque and a hospital in Bentiu, according to the United Nationsand human rights groups. Koang has said in interviews that those killed were not civilians but members of a pro-government militia. The report did not say whether the weapons given by the United Nations were used in the massacre.
      Asked about the allegations, the U.N. peacekeeping office in New York said in a statement that the U.N. mission had turned over the weapons to Koang shortly before he split with the government, “in response to direct threats” from the commander.
      South Sudan’s war, which entered its fourth year Thursday, has pitted soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, against those backing the former vice president, Riek Machar, a Nuer. Tens of thousands of people have died in battles that have played out along ethnic lines, and U.N. officials and human rights groups have accused both sides of committing crimes against humanity. A top U.N. human rights official recently warned that the country is on the verge of “all-out ethnic civil war” that could result in genocide.” PLEASE GOOGLE THIS DATA.
      What make you believe Nigeria is immune from UN arms proliferation?

  • amazing2012

    …is UN immune to security search ? Please gallants guys enter anywhere you suspected to hide the devil and fish him out ! We are in support of your all your effort and pray may god help you and be with you 100%

    • deri best

      Even a Monkey has a better understanidng of International Diplomacy than u–stop thinking like a Fulani cowhand—United Nations Premises are no go areas——-for the soldiers of the home country——It is a purified diplomatic zone–Monkey

      • amazing2012

        US went to Pakistan and search for bin laden and killed him without the consent of the government of Pakistan.
        US arrest the president of Nicaragua and took him to state and jailed him.
        There are lots of report of UN hiding criminals in various conflict zones. We have in record UN marked weapons and ammunitions found with boko boys.
        UN bases have no diplomatic immunity, because they staff are not accredited to that particular country and the base is not an embassy. Therefor not not covered by Geneva conventions on diplomatic privileges. You are just daft and ignorant about international politics !

        • emmanuel

          I beg waka!
          Nor be your type for intellectual discourse. If na sabotaged quota system, you can talk

      • Musa M. Dantsoho

        International Diplomacy where some unpatriotic among personnel of the Agency connived with the criminals and caused further havoc?

        • deri best

          U think the United Nations personnel are like Fulani Soldiers from Mali enlisted into the Nigerian Armed Forces by d Sultan of the Fulanis in Sokoto ati the Emir of Fulanis Kano———–abi?

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            If you are part of the UN personnel, it very unfortunate.

          • amazing2012

            UN personnel are like any other humans. Most of them agents of CIA and other clandestine organizations using immunity to transport arms and contrabands to terrorists!
            Please read to end:

            The U.N. mission in South Sudan gave weapons to a top rebel general just weeks after civil war began three years ago, and his forces went on to carry out one of the war’s worst atrocities, according to a report released Thursday.
            The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group, found that in December 2013
U.N. officials in the town of Bentiu in northern Unity state handed dozens of weapons, as well as ammunition, to rebel general James Koang.
            Four months later, Koang’s troops killed hundreds of civilians sheltering in a mosque and a hospital in Bentiu, according to the United Nationsand human rights groups. Koang has said in interviews that those killed were not civilians but members of a pro-government militia. The report did not say whether the weapons given by the United Nations were used in the massacre.
            Asked about the allegations, the U.N. peacekeeping office in New York said in a statement that the U.N. mission had turned over the weapons to Koang shortly before he split with the government, “in response to direct threats” from the commander.
            South Sudan’s war, which entered its fourth year Thursday, has pitted soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, against those backing the former vice president, Riek Machar, a Nuer. Tens of thousands of people have died in battles that have played out along ethnic lines, and U.N. officials and human rights groups have accused both sides of committing crimes against humanity. A top U.N. human rights official recently warned that the country is on the verge of “all-out ethnic civil war” that could result in genocide.

          • amazing2012

            The U.N. mission in South Sudan gave weapons to a top rebel general just weeks after civil war began three years ago, and his forces went on to carry out one of the war’s worst atrocities, according to a report released Thursday.
            The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group, found that in December 2013
U.N. officials in the town of Bentiu in northern Unity state handed dozens of weapons, as well as ammunition, to rebel general James Koang.
            Four months later, Koang’s troops killed hundreds of civilians sheltering in a mosque and a hospital in Bentiu, according to the United Nationsand human rights groups. Koang has said in interviews that those killed were not civilians but members of a pro-government militia. The report did not say whether the weapons given by the United Nations were used in the massacre.
            Asked about the allegations, the U.N. peacekeeping office in New York said in a statement that the U.N. mission had turned over the weapons to Koang shortly before he split with the government, “in response to direct threats” from the commander.
            South Sudan’s war, which entered its fourth year Thursday, has pitted soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, against those backing the former vice president, Riek Machar, a Nuer. Tens of thousands of people have died in battles that have played out along ethnic lines, and U.N. officials and human rights groups have accused both sides of committing crimes against humanity. A top U.N. human rights official recently warned that the country is on the verge of “all-out ethnic civil war” that could result in genocide.

      • amazing2012

        Please read this report:
        “The U.N. mission in South Sudan gave weapons to a top rebel general just weeks after civil war began three years ago, and his forces went on to carry out one of the war’s worst atrocities, according to a report released Thursday.
        The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group, found that in December 2013
U.N. officials in the town of Bentiu in northern Unity state handed dozens of weapons, as well as ammunition, to rebel general James Koang.
        Four months later, Koang’s troops killed hundreds of civilians sheltering in a mosque and a hospital in Bentiu, according to the United Nationsand human rights groups. Koang has said in interviews that those killed were not civilians but members of a pro-government militia. The report did not say whether the weapons given by the United Nations were used in the massacre.
        Asked about the allegations, the U.N. peacekeeping office in New York said in a statement that the U.N. mission had turned over the weapons to Koang shortly before he split with the government, “in response to direct threats” from the commander.
        South Sudan’s war, which entered its fourth year Thursday, has pitted soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, against those backing the former vice president, Riek Machar, a Nuer. Tens of thousands of people have died in battles that have played out along ethnic lines, and U.N. officials and human rights groups have accused both sides of committing crimes against humanity. A top U.N. human rights official recently warned that the country is on the verge of “all-out ethnic civil war” that could result in genocide.

    • abodes_124

      Some premises are inviolate under any circumstances, These include UN and diplomatic premises . You appear as knowledgable as the ‘gallant’ soldiers who raided the UN compound. If they say they did not know it was a N facility then it shows the level of the intelligence they have about their area of operation.

      • amazing2012

        Not issues on national security !

        • okenwa

          Your mumu don do.

          • amazing2012

            Only Mumu compromises their national security of paper work !

      • amazing2012

        Please read further on this report:
        The U.N. mission in South Sudan gave weapons to a top rebel general just weeks after civil war began three years ago, and his forces went on to carry out one of the war’s worst atrocities, according to a report released Thursday.
        The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group, found that in December 2013
U.N. officials in the town of Bentiu in northern Unity state handed dozens of weapons, as well as ammunition, to rebel general James Koang.
        Four months later, Koang’s troops killed hundreds of civilians sheltering in a mosque and a hospital in Bentiu, according to the United Nationsand human rights groups. Koang has said in interviews that those killed were not civilians but members of a pro-government militia. The report did not say whether the weapons given by the United Nations were used in the massacre.
        Asked about the allegations, the U.N. peacekeeping office in New York said in a statement that the U.N. mission had turned over the weapons to Koang shortly before he split with the government, “in response to direct threats” from the commander.
        South Sudan’s war, which entered its fourth year Thursday, has pitted soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, against those backing the former vice president, Riek Machar, a Nuer. Tens of thousands of people have died in battles that have played out along ethnic lines, and U.N. officials and human rights groups have accused both sides of committing crimes against humanity. A top U.N. human rights official recently warned that the country is on the verge of “all-out ethnic civil war” that could result in genocide.

    • emmanuel

      Retard illiterate from arid Nigeria North. Your quarter education and poor exposure has limited your thinking.
      You may need to read more about the World.
      You just dey splash your ignorance for public.

      • amazing2012

        You said nothing: prove me wrong if you can. You can not know better than our professional military personnel!

        • emmanuel

          Local hunters recruited from leading cows? Nobody invades UN facilities anywhere in the World. They should enter anywhere?
          You are only exhibiting your terrorist attitude.
          I know, your scope is not beyond Nigeria, so spare me some space

          • amazing2012

            National interest and security can not compromise!

          • amazing2012

            Mumu read this report:
            The U.N. mission in South Sudan gave weapons to a top rebel general just weeks after civil war began three years ago, and his forces went on to carry out one of the war’s worst atrocities, according to a report released Thursday.
            The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group, found that in December 2013
U.N. officials in the town of Bentiu in northern Unity state handed dozens of weapons, as well as ammunition, to rebel general James Koang.
            Four months later, Koang’s troops killed hundreds of civilians sheltering in a mosque and a hospital in Bentiu, according to the United Nationsand human rights groups. Koang has said in interviews that those killed were not civilians but members of a pro-government militia. The report did not say whether the weapons given by the United Nations were used in the massacre.
            Asked about the allegations, the U.N. peacekeeping office in New York said in a statement that the U.N. mission had turned over the weapons to Koang shortly before he split with the government, “in response to direct threats” from the commander.
            South Sudan’s war, which entered its fourth year Thursday, has pitted soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, against those backing the former vice president, Riek Machar, a Nuer. Tens of thousands of people have died in battles that have played out along ethnic lines, and U.N. officials and human rights groups have accused both sides of committing crimes against humanity. A top U.N. human rights official recently warned that the country is on the verge of “all-out ethnic civil war” that could result in genocide.

    • Decimator

      Yes they have diplomatic imunity in the host countries.

      Primary school lesson 1 OK.

      You however could opt out of your UN membership if the terms does not suit you.

      Alright

      • amazing2012

        What you don’t understand is that the UN have immunity and privileges on its personnel and its properties as enshrined by section 3 of the UN treaties of 1946/47, on page 18. However the treaty did not in any way anticipated the UN compound can be use for illegality and criminal activities. The treaty did not give an answer to problems of using UN as an instrument for arms proliferation, and secret activities against the hosting state.
        Any UN compound, property, or personnel that gets involve into any of the activities not stipulated by the conventions, and treaties on diplomatic immunities have waved his or her entire privileges. In this case involve in undermining the national security of the host country.
        The issue is now, to deal with those who provides such false flag.
        I expect instead of surprised searching of the premises, the army should have cordon the area, blocked the entrance for stop and search at distance to the camp pending of approval from UN body in Abuja. By stop and search and declared the space as non flying zone. Their target will not escape by air or land, therefore they can conduct such search peacefully.
        Second option: I was surprised that Nigeria security institutions do not have a single undercover staff to be reporting on the activities of institutions in Nigeria. It is sad, we don’t need to invide any premises, our spies suppose to brief us routenly on the activities of every staff, and operations of UN and other organizations.
        Whatever, I stand from my earlier point that: a country can do whatsoever to safeguard it is citizens and can take any measure deemed it fit and appropriate to secure the security it’s terrritory.
        Good work to my able solders !

      • Ibraheem Aruna

        Thank U for being very educative. So also is North Korea, Russia and the Philippines, don’t they ignore their membership status, the UN charter and act with impunity when they want to?

        • Decimator

          At least you understand that your actions amount to impunity!

          Nothing more to add.

          Thanks

    • Buharin daji

      I hope you read the part of this article where they claimed they where acting on credible intelligence from social media and other sources lolz what a joke

  • Okokondem

    You will probably be asking why this is related to the UN report but it is. I just read a report by the Nigerian army citing a staggering dollar amount lost by the North Eastern states in agriculture and other economic activities due to the rampaging and destabilizing operations of the Boko Haram over the years. And when you Google ‘origin of Boko Haram’ you get the following :

    “Founding. Mohammed Yusuf founded the sect that became known as Boko Haram in 2002 in Maiduguri, the capital of the north-eastern state of Borno. He established a religious complex and school that attracted poor Muslim families from across Nigeria and neighbouring countries.”

    Unfortunately the government in Bornu State at the time clearly did not see the necessity nor the expediency to intervene in the activities of the young and burgeoning religious sect that would grow to become a menace primarily in Nigeria but also in the West African subregion.

    Had the Borno state government and indeed the Nigerian security agencies/forces employed the same heavy-handed tactics currently used against the albeit nonviolent pro Biafra movement, the country most likely would not have Boko Haram today. But as usual the northern political leaders only saw a movement that could be manipulated for political expediency as became evident years later during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. The prospects of destabilizing or derailing Jonathan’s agenda through the activities of the sect was a welcomed scenario by the northern political elite that was aggrieved by the death of president Yar Adua which they believe cheated the region of their turn to rule.

    And so, by overtly or covertly allowing the young sect to grow and fester we created a monster that wouldn’t go away. Be careful what you wish for.

  • Gabriel Olasebikan

    I see the peak of ignorance from commentators who are in support of what the Army did at the Maiduguri UN office. I wish and pray that this singular act will cause the UN and every other agency working in the North East withdraw their services.

    • Julius

      Bro, this happens all the time during a mop-up operation by the army near their operation/war theatre . I remember the same thing happened in Iraq and some other places. It’s nothing new. I pray that the UN will not stop doing what they are doing. The may protest but I believe they understand.

  • Simeon Nigel

    So long as UN is today being control by the USA and their Europeans allies located in Europe and that Africans leaders and others countries’ leaders are not classified very important by the UN but insignificant groups and also all of them do not even matters much under the present day UN in most of overall d worlaffairs, even though African leaders and others were authentic signatories to the UN Body. But the UN does sometimes engages into unthinkable in majorities of cases when concerning about crucial world affairs, generally. For example; it was the same UN that had been used to butchered and murdered Col. Mamman Gaddaffi of Libya and General Saddam Huessein of Iraq led by the USA and its European allies under UN Covers. These two killed leaders usually did strongly put their foots firmly down to put up a whole-sum stopped on total control in their respective countries’ natural resources, oil production, by the USA and its Allies, even more especially, Col Mamman Gaddafi was one time Africa Union’s Chairman and he tabled vividly a proposal for the formation of a ‘United States of African countries’ to all African leaders in one of its African Union meetings as well as he did also proposed for a single Dina Gold currency format as the best African symbol trading main currency for a better trading exchange for the most fairer trading instrument with outside world countries and the USA with its Europeans allies countries, than instead of selling Africa’ vast natural resources under the only prefer USA dollars as an International trading single currency and also against other baskets of world’s currencies in trading exchange markets. Had it been that all the Gaddafi’s two main and other proposals are successfully implemented, Africa will definitely come out from its today’s poverty economy rapidly in over time ahead, as Col.Mamman Gaddafi did strongly believing that majority of African countries shall be financially buoyant and recover from their age long debtors status more faster from his two main proposals rather than keep-on staying as today’s world continent debtors every year, while at the same time, the entire African citizens keep on suffering so heavily under an abject poverty due caused by the USA and its European allies harsh loans and from hand-out of mostly financial aids. Furthermore, Col. M.Gaddafi even went a step further by also proposing for African style International Fund Institution, like IMF, where any African country can easily borrow funds for infractural development with interest-free International loans. What then happened at the end, was that it’s this same UN organisation, always often controlled by USA and its Europeans allies, did later team-up together to applied one of the worst kind of a vicious economic sanctions against Libya and then later the same UN did authorised the heavily bombings upon Libya that did eventually killed Col. M. Gaddafi at the end owing to the tow powerful two proposal tabled at African Union regional meeting. Libya is today a terrible war zone and currently suffering as one of the worst destructive damaged that worth trillions of dollars lost or more if for rebuilding most of its major cities and towns all over again, and not even talks about the thousands of innocent Libyans lives that were lost and perished. Therefore, do not be ever deceived in that the UN is always innocent in wherever they are been doing of humantarian objectives in the located area in whichever country of the world the UN operates. Ask yourself this question, why did UN office only opened up its offices in Borno state during the evil Boko Haram insurgency current darkest time now? And the UN has never existed before during the atmosphere of peace time back in the old days in the North East region of Nigeria but only today pretending for serving the sole interest of. IDP.