– The United Nations has responded to claims by the Nigerian Army that Borno state is no longer under the control of Boko Haram
– In their statement, the UN pointed out that 3 local government areas in Borno State were still under the control of the Boko Haram terrorists
– The Nigerian Army is yet to comment on the matter
Following the claims made by the Nigerian Military’s that no part of Borno state was still under the control of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, the United Nations in reports from Premium Times has countered that report saying that there were at least 3 LGA’s still under the control of Boko Haram.
This new development was made public in a report titled ‘North-East Nigeria: Humanitarian Situation Update’, which was issued by the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Reports gathered say that contrary to the military’s claim, the UN stated that at least three local government areas in the North-East state are still under Boko Haram control.
The report from the UN also revealed that the activities of the terrorist sect may increase in the coming months, as the dry season arrives. The report highlighted the difficulty faced by humanitarian organizations in accessing the affected areas, due to the presence of the terrorists.
It stated that, “Insecurity, presence of mines, improvised explosive devices, and unexploded ordinances have continued to slow down the response of humanitarian agencies in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.” “Most roads to the south, south-west and east remain unusable due to security concerns; and most humanitarian personnel movement is done through air assets.” “Cargo, however, is being transported via road with armed escorts as a last resort.” “No humanitarian aid is currently reaching locations in these LGAs outside of the LGAs main towns called ‘headquarters’.” “Following advocacy efforts, Konduga and Mafa are now also accessible to aid groups without military escorts.”
In a chat with newsmen, Sani Usman, Director, Army Public Relations, stated that until it had studied the report, the Army would not comment on the matter.