The Nigerian Army has ordered an international humanitarian organisation, Action Against Hunger, to shut down its office in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, and Yobe States, North-East Nigeria.
Action Against Hunger was accused by the army of aiding Boko Haram terrorists in the region.
According to the statement issued by the Nigerian Army, it alleges that credible intelligence reveals that the NGO supplies food and drugs to the terrorist group.
An allegation the NGO vehemently denied, saying that the accusations by the army were false. According to the humanitarian group, its operations are basically humanitarian.
“On Wednesday, September 18, Action Against Hunger was ordered by Nigerian army soldiers to close its main office in Maiduguri, Borno State, north eastern Nigeria.”
“This decision, without notice and without any explanation, jeopardizes the assistance Action Against Hunger provides to the most vulnerable people in Borno State and halts, with immediate effect, the assistance Action Against Hunger provides to millions of people in Maiduguri, Monguno, and Damasak,” the NGO said in its reaction the development.
“Action Against Hunger calls on the competent authorities to let us continue our work in the region.
“Action Against Hunger delivers neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian aid to millions of people in Borno State by providing basic services to the most vulnerable, especially women and children,” the NGO stated.
The Operation Lafiya Dole in the north-east noted that the offices of the NGO were sealed because of sabotage of the counter insurgency operations in the region.
Read the statement issued by the Operation Lafiya Dole spokesman, Isa Ado; “The Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (TC – OPLD)) has observed with utter disappointment and concern the notorious activities of some Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) working in the North East (NE) Nigeria.
“The subversive and actions of the NGO Action Against Hunger (AAH) persisted despite several warnings to desist from aiding and abetting terrorists and their atrocities The TC – OPLD has on many occasions raised alarm over this unwholesome practices of some NGOs and expressed same position during meetings with the NGOs operating in the NE Theater of Operation.
“Consequently, the AAH has been declared persona nan grata for aiding Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa by supplying them food and drugs despite warning from the TC – OPLD.
“The Command has obtained several credible intelligence indicating AAH as one of those NGOs operating in the NE that is notorious in supplying food and drugs to the criminals in the area.
“Members of the public are enjoined to continue to give credible information on the activities of the marauders/criminals and their supporters in the NE Theatre of operation.
“The OPLD wishes to assure the public of its resolve and determination to always partner with credible NGOs and CSOs to cushion the impact of humanitarian crisis generated by the criminals in the NE in line with the international best standards.”
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