Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima on Friday afternoon convened an emergency meeting of the State Security Council which was attended by heads of 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 following which diplomatic concerns were settled with agencies of UN likely to resume humanitarian activities Saturday (today) after announcing suspension on Friday. The Humanitarian Coordinator is working closely with the Government of Nigeria to resolve this issue.
"I'm not here to elaborate on the incident, as his Excellency has already done this".
Edward Kallon, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, expressed "grave concern" Friday over the military's actions in Maiduguri in the northeast. 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.
In a statement emailed to journalists on Saturday morning, Shettima's spokesman, Isa Gusau, said given the critical intervention humanitarian workers have making in the affairs of internally displaced persons, Governor Kashim Shettima was anxious and had to place a phone call with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed. The clearance operations effort has been yielding several successes. About 30 houses were searched during the exercise and no arrests were made. Notwithstanding, the search operation was conducted peacefully at the premises, when the troops were allowed into it, just like other buildings.
"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, the operation in the general area was successfully concluded but no arrest was made because the suspects were not found".
Rumours have been swirling in Maiduguri that the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has been hiding out in a compound with the same name.
He said:"The Nigerian Army is very aware of the need of the United Nations agencies to discharge their duties and we are ready to support them".
More than $650 million has been given by the worldwide community to the response this year, though agencies say more is needed to keep the crisis from worsening.
He observed that the military might not have informed the United Nations about its plans based on the time frame of the intelligence at its disposal.