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BREAKING: Nigerian Army declares Action Against Hunger persona non grata over Boko Haram sponsorship

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The Nigerian Army says it has declared a non-governmental organisation, Action Against Hunger, AAN, persona non grata, following discoveries that the organisation was fueling the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east by supplying the dreaded group with food and drugs.

It said it took the action on AAN despite several warnings to the organisation to desist from aiding and abetting terrorists and their atrocities.

In a press release posted on the Army’s Facebook page on Thursday by Ado Isa,  Deputy Director Army Public Relations of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, the military said it has obtained several credible intelligence indicating Action Against Hunger as one of those  NGOs operating in the north-east that is notorious in supplying food and drugs to the criminals in the area.

The military therefore enjoined members of the public to continue to give credible information on the activities of the marauders/ criminals and their supporters in the north-east Theatre of operation.

Daily Correspondents gathered that two offices of AAN in Borno and Yobe were between Wednesday and Thursday invaded and shut down by the military.

Staff of the organisation who reported to work were told to leave their offices.

Below is the military’s press release:

SABOTAGE OF THE COUNTER INSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN THE NORTH EAST

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 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 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

ADO ISA
Colonel
Deputy Director Army Public Relations Operation LAFIYA DOLE
19 September 2019

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