Borno South senator, Ali Ndume, has said that he has evidence to prove that some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are aiding the operations of Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
Senator Ndume, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, at a news briefing today, October 15 at the National Assembly, Abuja, said: “another area that the Senate will look into is the allegation that the various NGOs in that area are conniving with the insurgents – providing them information, logistics and so many things.
“I have been critical about this and people have told me to be careful but it has come out now that one or two of the so-called NGOs operating there are actually aiding and abetting and supporting the insurgents. But we will do an investigation and we will hear if we have the evidence.
“So far, we have evidence. we just want to make it credible. The evidence is there and the common questions are even there. I have asked them before – when Chibok girls were released, we were very happy and jubilating. Some people went and negotiated for their release.”
The Senator, who had just returned from Maiduguri, the state capital, spoke on the outcome of the trip.
Nigerian government had earlier launched a crackdown on some NGOs operating in the northeast, accusing them of aiding and abetting Boko Haram terrorists.
The Nigerian army had repeatedly accused some of the NGOs in the region of breaching security and sabotaging ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the northeast.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had also said that it was tightening its regulation of the finances of organizations operating in the region.
Last year, another northern lawmaker, Gudaji Kazaure, also alleged that some of the NGOs operating in the Northeast aid the terrorists.