NGO’s compromising security architecture – Army alleges

NGO’s compromising security architecture – Army alleges

The Nigerian Army has accused non-governmental organisations (NGO) of compromising security architecture. It alleged that NGOs operating in the North Eastern part of the Country were providing food and drugs to the Boko Haram insurgents. The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Saghir Musa gave the warning in Abuja. He said the Nigerian Army would


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The Nigerian Army has accused non-governmental organisations (NGO) of compromising security architecture.

It alleged that NGOs operating in the North Eastern part of the Country were providing food and drugs to the Boko Haram insurgents.

The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Saghir Musa gave the warning in Abuja.

He said the Nigerian Army would no longer tolerate acts of sabotage inimical to the fight against terrorism by any organisation or agency.

BOKO HARAM INSUREGNTS

The revelations came after the arrest of one Mohammed Modu, a high-profile Boko terrorist commander who is also an amir in the Abubakar Shekau’s faction.

Modu was arrested by troops of 251Task Force Battalion Operation LAFIYA DOLE on May 26.

The Director, warned the affected NGOs to desist from such act of sabotage in the fight against terrorism or have themselves to blame.

Musa in the statement said: “The Nigerian Army, through the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, has once again received disturbing reports indicating that the war against Boko Haram terrorists is being sabotaged by some stakeholders operating in the North East.

“This unfortunate development came to the fore with the arrest of a high-profile Boko Haram terrorist commander, one Mohammed Modu, (an Amir in the Abubakar Shekau’s faction) by troops of 251Task Force Battalion Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Sunday May 26, 2019.

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According to him, preliminary investigations conducted so far, have revealed that the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram has been receiving so called “humanitarian support” of food and drugs supplies from some non- governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the North East theatre.

“In the light of these disturbing disclosures, especially as it pertains to serious security breaches by NGOs providing logistics support to terrorists, the NA strongly warns the affected agencies to desist from compromising Nigeria’s national security and war efforts against terrorism and operate in accordance with the extant rules and regulations guiding the operations of humanitarian aid workers, and in line with the guidelines and procedures of International Humanitarian Laws as well as the Laws of Armed Conflict.

“The NA wishes to remind the NGOs in the North East and members of the public at large that similar concerns were raised on this same issue previously.

The agency said it will no longer tolerate such acts of sabotage inimical to the fight against terrorism by any organisation or agency.

Thousands of unarmed Civilians and security personnel have lost their lives since Boko Haram began their onslaught in northern Nigeria about a decade ago.

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