Nigerian Army sacks international NGO for Allegedly Supplying Food, Drugs to Terrorists
London, Sep 20, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Army has forced non-profit Action Against Hunger to close its office in the country, accusing it on Thursday of aiding terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State.
The international aid agency said it was ordered by soldiers to close its main office in Maiduguri, Borno state, on Wednesday.
Colonel Ado Isa, the deputy director of army public relations, said Action Against Hunger was warned several times that it was “aiding and abetting terrorists” by supplying food and drugs.
“Consequently, the AAH has been declared persona (non) grata,” Isa said.
The command accused the organisation of aiding Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) by supplying them food and drugs.
It said the NGO had continued to engage in such nefarious activities despite repeated warnings.
“The Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (TC – OPLD) has observed with utter disappointment and concerns the notorious activities of some Non-Governmental Organisations (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 the alarm over this unwholesome practices of some NGOs and expressed same position during meetings with the NGOs operating in the NE Theater of Operation”, the Nigerian army said in a statement issued last night.
The humanitarian group, which focuses on providing water, food and healthcare, particularly in areas plagued by conflict and famine, called on “competent authorities” to let it continue its work.
“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 group said in a statement.
In July, an Action Against Hunger staff member and five others traveling with her were kidnapped by Islamic State’s West Africa branch.
In total, around 30,000 people have been killed, and more than two million forced to flee their homes, in the decade-long insurgency led by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) split from Boko Haram in 2016.
The United Nations has said that 7.1 million people still need humanitarian assistance in the region.