Army bans NGO for ‘aiding boko haram’


For allegedly aiding terrorist group Boko Haram, a non-governmental organisation Action Against Hunger (AAH) has been blacklisted by the Nigerian Army (NA).

AAH was declared persona nan grata for allegedly supplying food and drugs to Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a statement released by spokesman theatre command Operation Lafiya Dole Col Ado Isa on Thursday evening said.

The Nigerian military had overtime raised alarm over activities of some NGOs in troubled northeastern states, accusing some of them of supplying food and medication to terrorists and criminals.

Prior to the statement, there were reports that soldiers laid siege to the Maiduguri office of the AAH with military trucks blocking the entrance.

Isa said the blacklisting of AAH was a result of its continuous subversive practices despite several warnings that it should desist from aiding and abetting terrorism.

“The Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (TC – OPLD)) has observed with utter disappointment and concern the notorious activities of some NGOs working in North East (NE) Nigeria.

“The subversive 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/ISWAP 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.

“The public is 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 credible NGOs and CSOs to cushion the impact of  humanitarian crisis generated by the criminals in the NE in line with international best standards,” he said.