Nigeria: Charged with aid to Boko Haram, a humanitarian organization expelled by the army

The Nigerian army has shut down an international humanitarian organization. She accused it of helping Boko Haram’s militants in the northeast of the country.

According to a BBC report, the Nigerian armed forces accuse “Action Against Hunger” of providing food and drugs to Islamist insurgents as part of its activities in the northern region of the country. The non-governmental organization (NGO) denied the accusations, claiming that soldiers had closed their offices on Thursday in Maiduguri, the main city in northeastern Borno State, without notice. “Action contre la faim”  had to immediately end its assistance to millions of people in Maiduguri, Monguno and Damascus,” the group said in a statement. “This endangers the vital assistance provided by ”Action Contre la Faim” to the most vulnerable people in the region,” he added.

The army’s allegation is serious. This is the first time it has explicitly named a humanitarian organization that would violate security and sabotage the army’s counter-terrorism operations in the region. “Subversive acts and actions by the NGO Action contre la faim persisted despite several warnings to refrain from helping and encouraging terrorists and their atrocities,” according to the army statement. It stated that it had obtained “credible information” to support its allegations.

Boko Haram’s campaign

Boko Haram activists led a ten-year insurgency in northeastern Nigeria, which also affected neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon. dozens of thousands civilians were killed and more than two million fled thier homes during the conflict.

The group became known for kidnapping schoolchildren and attracted global media attention in 2014 after more than 200 girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok City, Borno State, where the activist group was most active.

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