The Nigerian military has within hours, reversed the suspension order it placed on UNICEF activities in the North East over allegations of espionage to sabotage counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists.
“Sequel to intervention by well meaning and concerned Nigerians over the recent suspension of UNICEF operations in the North East theatre of operations, the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole convened and held an emergency meeting with representatives of UNICEF this evening,” said Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu.
During the meeting, he said, 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.
Nwachukwu who also issued the earlier statement, 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, he said, 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.