Military invasion: FG assures UN of safeguarding diplomatic status


The Federal Government on Sunday assured the UN of its commitment to respect and safeguard diplomatic status of the organisation’s personnel and property in Nigeria.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement by its Acting Spokesperson, Ms Jane Adams, said that the assurance was sequel to the military search of the UN premises in Maiduguri, Borno on Aug. 11.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, had on Aug. 11 expressed concern over the unauthorised search of the UN base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri by security forces.

The Ministry expressed Federal Government’s regret over the incident noting that government recognised its obligations under international humanitarian law and principles which protect all humanitarian organisations.

“The Federal Government, however, noted with satisfaction  the success  of the collaborative  efforts by  the  Nigerian Army, the  Borno governor and the UN team in Nigeria.

“ It also noted the efforts to re-establish trust, confidence  and cooperation, between the  Nigerian Army and the UN in Maiduguri.

“”The Federal Government  appreciates the vital support being provided by the  UN and  other humanitarian organisations  in addressing the humanitarian  crisis  in  the  north east  east of the  country,”  the Spokesperson said.

She said government  would continue to  take  all necessary measures  to respect  and safeguard  the neutrality of  these institutions and the  diplomatic status of the UN personnel and  property  in Nigeria.(NAN)