Northeast crisis: Military may seal off more NGOs offices

The Nigerian military may have concluded plan to seal off more offices of non-governmental organisations in the Northeast over alleged illicit supports for Boko Haram war on  Nigeria.

The military who had on Wednesday sealed off the Maiduguri office of the Action Against Hunger, according to sources are spur for more clampdown on activities of some NGOs alleged to be sympathetic and supportive of terror groups in the Northeast 

A statement signed by Col. Isa Ado, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Counter-insurgency operation in the Northeast (Operation Lafiya Dole), alleged sabotage of the counter insurgency operation in the Northeast by the organisation.

 The statement read that: “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 non grata for aiding Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa by supplying them food and drugs despite warning from the TC – OPLD.”

The statement further read: “@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 statement assured  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 

Soldiers had on Wednesday laid siege on the Maiduguri office of AAH, chasing off all the staff and living a detachment of soldiers to ensure no operation was held in the premises.

On the action of the military likely to be extended to other NGOs, a senior military officer who spoke anonymously, told our correspondent that many organisations may followed as they are working illicitly in support of the war by insurgents on the nation.

He said: “Many of these NGOs are giving supports to the terrorist group and are working on the elongation of the war.”

He lamented that some of the NGOs have already leased property for between 20 years and 30 years in Maiduguri and they are living large on the crisis.

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