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BREAKING: Military seals off Maiduguri Office of Mercy Corps

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The military on Wednesday morning sealed off the Maiduguri office of the Mercy Corps – a humanitarian NGO.

This is coming barely a week after the military blacklisted Action Against Hunger for providing food and medical assistance to terrorists.

A senior military officer had told our correspondent that the clampdown may be extended to more NGOs in weeks to come as he alleged that some of the NGOs operating in the Northeast were working in support of the war by insurgents on the nation.

Daily Correspondents learnt that staff of the organisation were chased away this morning by a detachment of soldiers who took over the premises.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in March intercepted N54million at the Maiduguri International Airport beling to Mercy Corps.

The commission said four persons and two Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are connected to the seized cash and were being investigated.

EFCC gave the names of the suspects as Abdullahi Yarima, Francis Bako, Saraya Umaru, James K. Yadzugwa.

The NGOs are Mercy Corps and Development Exchange Centre.

The anti-graft agency said it acted on intelligence report to intercept the cash at the airport.

According to EFCC, investigation into Mercy Corps’ accounts revealed that it has 15 bank accounts with different Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).

Also a BVN search on Development Exchange Centre showed that it had 40 bank accounts with different Bank Verification Numbers.

A statement by the anti-graft agency noted that it was probing alleged “cases of criminal conspiracy, money laundering and terrorist financing initiated following an intelligence report to the commission on the 18th March, 2019 against Mercy Corps and four others”.

More to come….

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