Nigeria shuts aid group for ‘feeding militants’

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Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger.Photo: Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger, Senega
Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger.Photo: Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger, Senegal

An international aid agency has been shut down in Nigeria after army bosses accused it of “aiding and abetting” terrorists in the country’s war-torn northeast region.

Military spokesman Ado Isa said Action Against Hunger gave food and drugs to Boko Haram fighters, despite several warnings from the army not to do so.

The army declared the NGO “persona non grata” claiming it had credible evidence from its troops that the charity did not heed its orders.

“The subversive and (sic) actions of the NGO Action Against Hunger persisted despite several warnings to desist from aiding and abetting terrorists and their atrocities,” Isa said in a statement on Thursday.

However, Action Against Hunger said it was given no notice or reason before the closure of its office in the Maiduguri capital of Borno state, the epicenter of deadly Boko Haram attacks.

A statement by the NGO said it focuses on delivering “neutral, impartial and independent” aid to vulnerable groups, especially women and children, and the military’s actions jeopardize its efforts and it will appeal the decision.

“Action Against Hunger calls on the competent authorities to let us continue our work in the region,” the agency said.

Nigeria’s army has been previously embroiled in disputes with NGOs working in the country’s troubled northeast, where terrorist networks continue to stage deadly attacks, accusing them of undermining efforts to fight terrorism.

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