The Nigerian Army said it has got information that some stakeholders in Nigeria’s North East have been assisting the Boko Haram terrorist group, hence sabotaging the fight against terrorism in the area.
The army said it got the information from a high profile Boko Haram commander, Mohammed Modu (an Amir in the Abubakar Shekau’s faction), who was arrested by troops of 251Task Force Battalion Operation LAFIYA DOLE last Sunday.
This was stated in a statement the army’s acting Director Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, released on Thursday.
He said from preliminary investigations, that the army found out that the Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram has been receiving “humanitarian support” of food and drugs supplies from some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
“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.
“Thus, the NA 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 organization as appropriate,” the statement read.
Despite the army’s claims that the insurgent group has been technically defeated, the terrorist group has continued to attack army barracks in North East as well as villages, sometimes making away with ammunitions, killing many and destroying properties.