Nigeria’s troops invade UN camp in search of Boko Haram leader

According to the Guardian,  an email by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says, “Members of the Nigerian security forces entered a United Nations base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, without authorisation. At about 2 a.m Nigeria troops began searching the UN’s Red Roof Humanitarian camp and forced their way into the property”.

An internal memo by the UN suggests that the Nigerian forces were in search of the leader of the jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, after rumours spread that the jihadist was hiding in the compound known as the “Red Roof”.

Controversies continue to trail the supposed leader of the Boko Haram group. In the 2016 campaign to eradicate the Islamic group, Shekau was reportedly injured and “fatally wounded” and few days afterwards confirmed dead by Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole. Meanwhile according to Wikipedia, the Nigerian based Islamic terrorist group was led by Abubakar Shekau until August 2016, when he was succeeded by Abu Musab al-Barnawi.

Boko Haram was founded in 2002, and its consistent and increasing radicalization led to a violent uprising in July 2009. The conflict displaced 2.3 million people and at least 250,000 fled Nigeria to neighbouring African countries like Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The group have carried out mass abductions including the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014, over 6,600 people were killed that same year.

In fear of demonstrations against the organisation and other foreign groups in Nigeria, staff of the UN Maiduguri chapter, were ordered to work from home. Also, the search was termed illegal under the international law and the search stands at risk of raising suspicions about the organisation’s work.