Military Lifts Suspension on UNICEF’s Activities in North East
Nigerian military has lifted the suspension it placed on the operations of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the North East, Channels is reporting.
Deputy Director of Public Relations of the Operation Lafiya Dole theatre command, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement, saying that the decision was reached following a meeting between the theatre command and UNICEF on Friday.
The military had said UNICEF of training individuals who are sympathisers of Boko Haram, accusing them of espionage.
He explained that the Army rescinded its decision following the intervention of well-meaning and concerned Nigerians in the matter.
Nwachukwu said that the theatre command has also called on UNICEF to stop activities that may undermine the fight against terrorism, adding that the agency should share information with necessary authorities when training new staff at 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,” Nwachukwu’s statement added.
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