Nigerian Accuses UNICEF Staff Of Training Spies For Boko Haram
It is not getting easier for United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, in its humanitarian efforts in the crisis-torn northeast Nigeria.
The UN agency now has the Nigerian military to contend with, after it was accused of training spies for the Boko Haram insurgents.
On Friday, the Nigerian military accused UNICEF staff of spying for the Islamist militants and suspended the agency’s activities there.
The northeast has been torn apart by a decade-long insurgency by Boko Haram and its splinter group Islamic State West Africa, in which more than 30,000 people have been killed and many more driven from their homes.
UNICEF staff “train and deploy spies who support the insurgents and their sympathisers”, the Nigerian military said in a statement.
These were “unwholesome practices that could further jeopardise the fight against terrorism and insurgency” the statement added.
UNICEF has yet to react to this move by the military.
With millions displaced, Nigeria’s northeast is largely dependent on international aid. A move like this could compound the woes of the displaced persons.
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