December 14, 2018 / 10:59 PM / a month ago

Nigerian military lifts suspension of UNICEF activities in northeast: statement

FILE PHOTO: A banner with the UNICEF logo is seen hanging on a makeshift school at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/File Photo

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - The Nigerian military has lifted its suspension of activities by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the northeast of Nigeria, it said in a statement on Friday.

The military made the announcement in an emailed statement, hours after it imposed the suspension and accused UNICEF staff of training spies who support an Islamist insurgency in the region. The suspension was lifted after “extensive deliberations”, it said.

Reporting by Kolawole Adewale; writing by Alexis Akwagyiram, editing by G Crosse

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