Boko Haram, ISWAP: Military declares NGO persona non grata

The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole  has declared one of the Non Government Organisations operating in Nigeria’s  Boko Haram-ravaged North East as persona non grata.

A statement by Colonel Ado Isa, deputy director,  Army Public Relations Operation Lafiya Dole,  Thursday said the NGO  has been sabotaging the counter –insurgency operations of the military by aiding Boko Haram and ISWAP with supply of food and drugs.

Colonel  Isa said “the AAH has been declared persona nan grata for aiding Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa by supplying them food and drugs despite warning from the TC – OPLD. “

The full text of Army statement signed by Isa reads thus: “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 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.”

Newsdiaryonline reports that the Nigerian military has repeatedly expressed concerns over the alleged conduct of some NGOs in the recent past.

There was no immediate reaction from AAH to Thursday’s statement by the military as the time of filing this story.

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