Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The Federal Government has pledged to protect the diplomatic status of United Nations personnel and property in the country.
The assurance followed the search of a UN building in Maiduguri, Borno State by the military last Friday.
The global body had protested, saying it was not informed about the search before it was conducted.
The military in its defense said it was searching for Boko Haram terrorists in the neighbourhood where the building was located, noting that there was no sign to show that the property belonged to the UN.
But the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Sunday stated that the government would continue to take necessary measures to protect the neutrality of various humanitarian and diplomatic organisations providing support to displaced people in the North-East.
The statement by the acting MFA spokesperson, Ms. Jane Adam, said the Federal Government regretted the incident, adding that it recognised its obligations under international law and principles which protect all humanitarian organisations.
It said, “The government however notes with satisfaction the success of the collaborative efforts by the Nigerian Army, the Governor of Borno State and the United Nations team in Nigeria to re-establish trust, confidence, and cooperation between the Nigerian Army and the UN in Maiduguri.”
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