The Nigerian Army has shut down the Maiduguri office of an NGO group, Action Against Hunger (ACF) who they accused of of “aiding and abetting terrorists.”
In a press statement shared on Facebook on Thursday September 19, the army’s command in the northeast said the Paris-based NGO “has been declared persona nan [sic] grata for aiding Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa by supplying them food and drugs” despite warnings from the military.
The statement reads;
SABOTAGE OF THE COUNTER INSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN THE NORTH EAST
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
Confirming the closure of the NGO office in Maiduguri, a staff of the organization said soldiers have been guarding the building since they were forced to evacuate.
“They came and asked everyone in the building to leave. They said it was an order from above.
“We all evacuated the office (on Wednesday). They have been guarding the building since,” a staff member from the aid agency told AFP.