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Boko Haram: Army lifts ban on UNICEF, gives reason

The Nigerian military has lifted the ban on activities of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, in northeast Nigeria.

The Nigerian had on Friday suspended the activities of UNICEF in the north-eastern part of the country.

It accused the organisation of working for Boko Haram insurgents and sabotaging the war against insurgency.

In a statement from Onyema Nwachukwu, COLONEL and Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command, said the decision followed prompt ‘intervention by well meaning and concerned Nigerians.’

He said, “During the meeting, the Theatre Command admonished the representatives of the organization to desist from activities inimical to Nigeria’s national security and capable of undermining ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency.

“The Command also urged UNICEF representatives to ensure they share information with relevant authorities whenever induction or training of new staff is being conducted in the theatre.

“Consequently, after extensive deliberations on the need to seek modalities to work harmoniously with the security agencies in the theatre of operation, the Theatre Command has henceforth lifted the three months suspension earlier imposed on UNICEF activities in North Eastern Nigeria, ” the statement added.

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