Few hours after The Sight News published the indefinite suspension of the activities of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the North East, by the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, for jeopardizing the fight against insurgency, the Command has lifted the suspension.
The Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in a statement obtained by this Newspaper, revealing that the lift was due to intervention by well meaning Nigerians.
“Sequel to intervention by well meaning and concerned Nigerians over the recent suspension of UNICEF operations in the North East theatre of operations, the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE convened and held an emergency meeting with representatives of UNICEF this evening.
“During the meeting, the Theatre Command admonished the representatives of the organization to desist from activities inimical to Nigeria’s national security and capable of undermining ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency”, he remarked.
Colonel Nwachukwu, added that the Command 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.
“Consequently, after extensive deliberations on the need to seek modalities to work harmoniously with the security agencies in the theatre of operation, the Theatre Command has henceforth lifted the three months suspension earlier imposed on UNICEF activities in North Eastern Nigeria”, he ended.