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UNHCR in Boko Haram Scandal, Investigative Journalist Exposes

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A shocking report by an independent journalist has exposed the alleged involvement of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged Nigeria for over a decade. The report calls for an urgent probe into the activities of NGOs and international aid organisations working in the Northeast region and the immediate shutdown of a facility known as the “Blue House” in Maiduguri.


The journalist claims that the UNHCR has been supplying weapons to the Boko Haram terrorists in exchange for protection and access to areas under their control. The report also alleges that the UNHCR benefits from the influx of Nigerians into refugee camps created by the conflict, as it creates more jobs and attracts more funding for the agency. Furthermore, the journalist accuses the UNHCR of offering huge salaries and allowances to its staff and aid workers, which may create incentives to protect their jobs and the agency’s operations in Nigeria.


The report questions why Nigerian soldiers and civilians are frequently attacked by Boko Haram while the UNHCR’s personnel and facilities are largely spared by the insurgency. The report cites instances where the military arrested foreigners who were caught supplying weapons to the terrorists, but such cases were often covered up through settlements and releases of the suspects.


Governor Babagana Umara Zulum reportedly tried to close down the “Blue House” facility but faced stiff resistance from military officials, influential politicians, and international sources, which prevented its closure.