The Nigerian Army has again accused some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), operating in the North East of breaching security and sabotaging ongoing counter terrorism operations in the zone.
Army Spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, on Thursday said the military established this after the arrest of a Boko Haram commander, Mohammed Modu on Sunday.
The army had in 2018 leveled similar accusation against NGOs operating in the region.
Musa alleged that the high profile commander belong to the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of the terrorist group.
The army spokesman said that preliminary investigations revealed that the Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram had been receiving “humanitarian support of food and drugs supplies from some NGOs operating in the North East.’’
Musa described the NGOs’ actions – providing logistics support to terrorists, as “serious security breaches.’’
He, therefore, warned the affected NGOs to “desist from compromising Nigeria’s national security and war efforts against terrorism.’’
Musa advised them to operate in accordance with the extant rules and regulations guiding the operations of humanitarian aid workers.
He said they must also operation in line with the guidelines and procedures of International Humanitarian Laws, as well as the Laws of Armed Conflict.
He further warned: “The Nigerian army will no longer tolerate such acts of sabotage inimical to the fight against terrorism by any organisation or agency, and will not hesitate to sanction any such recalcitrant organisation as appropriate.’’