The Nigerian Army has closed down the Maiduguri office of Action Against Hunger (ACF), an NGO they accused of “aiding and abetting terrorists.”
The Army authorities said the Paris-based NGO was supplying food and drugs to Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists despite warnings from the military.
“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 warnings 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 statement said on Thursday.
The statement, however, stated it is ready to partner with NGOs in line with acceptable standards to cushion the impact of the humanitarian crisis caused by the terrorists.
“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”
A staff of the NGO confirmed the office closure, adding that 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,” the staff told AFP.