The Nigerian Army has explained why it searched a building in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, belonging to the United Nations in the early hours Friday, August 12, 2017.
The army said while it was not aware that the building belonged to the international humanitarian body, the search was part of cordon and search operations and 30 other buildings were equally searched.
A statement by Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel for the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole revealed this information while also highlighting some of the recent successes of the Army.
According to Samuel, the search was necessitated by the fact that the Boko Haram Terrorists changed tactics and resorted to targeting military locations, hence the need to intensify clearance operations in the Maiduguri metropolis.
“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 Boko Haram terrorist suspects had infiltrated into Pompomari Bye Pass,” the statement read.
“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,” the Nigerian Army cautioned.