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NIGERIAN ARMY LIFTS BAN ON UNICEF ACTIVITIES IN RESTIVE NE

LAGOS, Nigeria- The Nigerian Army reversed a decision to suspend activities of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), from the restive northeast part of the country.

The army premised its rethink, on intervention by stakeholders and well-meaning Nigerians, Onyema Nwachukwu, a military spokesperson said, in a statement.

The army accused the organisation of "sabotaging the counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency efforts of the troops," and slammed a three-month suspension on its activities in the northeast region, which was heavily hit by insurgence of Boko Haram.

According to the statement, the army held an emergency meeting with representatives of UNICEF on Friday.

During the meeting, the army "admonished the representatives of the organisation to desist from activities inimical to Nigeria's national security and capable of undermining the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency," said the statement.

The army also urged UNICEF representatives to ensure they share information with "relevant authorities, whenever induction or training of new staff is being conducted in the theatre."

Boko Haram has been trying, since 2009, to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, killing some 20,000 people and displacing millions of others.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK